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Man Walks Away from San Diego Reentry Program

SAN DIEGO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are searching for Joseph Vidrios, an offender who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) facility in San Diego on Sunday, August 22.

At approximately 12:22 a.m., officials determined that Vidrios had departed the MCRP without authorization and an emergency search was initiated. Within minutes, agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Walker and notification was made to local law enforcement agencies.

Vidrios, 21, is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 178 pounds.

He was received by CDCR in June 2021 from San Diego County for second-degree robbery and assault with a firearm. He had been housed at the MCRP since January.

Anyone who sees Vidrios 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 two years 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.


Contact: CDCR Press Office,