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Man Who Walked Away from LA Reentry Program Apprehended

LOS ANGELES ― California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced an offender who had walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles on April 11 has turned himself into CDCR authorities on April 24.

Jovany Ojeda was last seen at 7:24 a.m. on April 11 running from the MCRP facility. Correctional staff immediately initiated an emergency count, confirming Ojeda was missing. Within minutes, special agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) were dispatched to locate and apprehend Ojeda and notification was made to local law enforcement.

At approximately 11:45 p.m. on April 24, OCS agents successfully convinced Ojeda to turn himself in and met with the agents near the MCRP. He was taken into custody without incident and was transported to California Institution for Men. His case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for consideration of escape charges.

Ojeda was admitted from Los Angeles County on November 3, 2021, to serve six years for grand theft auto, second-degree robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon as a second striker.

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 two years or less 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 people who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          

April 25, 2023

Contact: CDCR Press Office