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Offender Who Walked Away from a Bakersfield Reentry Program is Apprehended

BAKERSFIELD ― On Oct. 18, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation special agents apprehended Elizabeth Sarmiento who had walked away from the Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP) facility in Bakersfield on Oct. 14.

Last Wednesday, CCTRP staff were notified that Sarmiento had left the facility without authorization and an emergency search was conducted. Notification was made to local law enforcement agencies. Within minutes, Special Service Unit (SSU) agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Sarmiento.

On Oct. 18 at about 1 p.m., SSU agents located Sarmiento in Bakersfield. She was taken into custody without incident and was transported to Central California Women’s Facility. Her case will be referred to the Kern County District Attorney for consideration of escape charges.

Sarmiento, 23, was received from Kern County on Nov. 27, 2019, to serve four years for assault with a deadly weapon, a second strike offense. She was transferred to the CCTRP on Oct. 5, 2020.

The CCTRP allows eligible offenders to serve their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison and delivers a range of rehabilitative services that assist with alcohol and drug recovery, employment, education, housing, family reunification, and social support.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

Contact: CDCR Press Office, (916) 445-4950 or

Inmate Elizabeth Sarmiento