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Participant Who Walked Away from Los Angeles Community Reentry Program Apprehended

BELL GARDENS – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced an offender who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles on Aug. 31 has been apprehended.

At approximately noon on Sept. 1, CDCR special agents took 30-year-old Marcos Mejia into custody without incident in the city of Bell Gardens. He will be rehoused in a CDCR prison and his case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for consideration of escape charges.

Mejia was received from Los Angeles County on May 23, 2014, to serve 12 years, four months for second-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

The MCRP allows eligible people 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 men who have two years or less left to serve. The program links people 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.

AT5473 Marcos Mejia
AT5473 Marcos Mejia


Contact: CDCR Press