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Offender Walks Away from Los Angeles Reentry Program

LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are searching for Derbert Pineda, an offender who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles on August 29.

At approximately 7:00 p.m., MCRP officials determined Pineda had departed the MCRP without authorization and an emergency search was immediately initiated. Within minutes, agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Pineda. Notification also was made to local law enforcement agencies.

Pineda is a 32-year-old Hispanic male who is 5’6” tall, weighs 160 pounds, and has brown eyes, black hair and an olive complexion. He was last seen wearing a grey shirt and grey shorts.

Pineda was admitted from Los Angeles County on February 24, 2020 to serve a four-year sentence for vehicle theft w/ prior vehicle related theft convictions, a second strike. He had arrived at the MCRP on February 17, 2021, and was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody in October 2021.

Anyone who sees Pineda or has any knowledge of his whereabouts should immediately contact law enforcement or call 911.

The MCRP allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the re-entry center and provides them the programs and tools necessary to transition from custody to the community. It is a voluntary program for male offenders who have approximately one year left to serve. The program links offenders to a range of community-based rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, 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.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      Contact: CDCR Press Office

August 30, 2021                                                                  opec@cdcr.ca.gov