LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Jesse Hernandez, 38, who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 20.
After being notified at 8:33 p.m. that Hernandez’s GPS device had been tampered with, MCRP staff initiated an emergency count and facility search and discovered Hernandez was missing.
Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies. Within minutes, agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend the walkaway.
Hernandez was transferred from Pleasant Valley State Prison to the MCRP in Los Angeles County on September 19, 2016. He is described as a Hispanic male with brown hair and brown eyes, and is six feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He was received by CDCR on December 11, 2015 from Los Angeles County, to serve a three-year sentence for Evading a Peace Officer while driving the wrong way and Vehicle Theft with priors. He was scheduled to be released to probation in March 2017.
Anyone who sees Hernandez 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 men who have approximately 180 days 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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 21, 2016
CONTACT: Kristina Khokhobashvili