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Offender Who Walked Away from Los Angeles Reentry Program Apprehended

Icarcerated person Derbert Pineda

LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit agents apprehended Derbert Pineda, 32, on Aug. 30 at approximately 10:19 p.m. in the City of Los Angeles.

Pineda, who had been missing from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles since Aug. 29, was taken into custody without incident. He will be transported to California Institution for Men and his case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges.

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.

The MCRP allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the reentry 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 connects 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.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         Contact: CDCR Press Office

August 31, 2021