Monday, June 15, 2015

Inmate Who Walked Away from Residential Treatment Facility Back In Custody

SAN FRANCISCO — An inmate who walked away from a Treasure Island residential treatment facility on Sunday, June 14, turned herself in to authorities Monday, June 15.

Maria Vasquez, 38, had been participating in the Alternative Custody Program (ACP) at the Treasure Island Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program (FOTEP) facility since May 20. Vasquez was scheduled to return to the Treasure Island program on June 14 but did not.
ACP is a voluntary program developed for female non-violent, non-serious and non-registerable sex offense inmates which allows them to serve up to the last 24 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility or a residential drug or other treatment program.
The Treasure Island FOTEP provides a smooth transition for female offenders from custody to the community, focusing on intensive, gender-responsive counseling services. The goal of the FOTEP is to reduce recidivism through substance abuse treatment services, family reunification, vocational training and employment services.
Vasquez was committed to CDCR on April 9, 2014, from Kern County to serve a four-year sentence for vehicle theft with prior vehicle theft-related convictions and evading a peace officer while driving recklessly.

For more information, contact Krissi Khokhobashvili at (916) 445-4950.

**As of September 9, 2015, CDCR is evaluating an expansion of the Alternative Custody Program to male inmates.**