Thursday, April 27, 2017

Offender Walks Away from Los Angeles Re-entry Facility

LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Chance Locke, 47, who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 27.

An emergency search was conducted after being notified at approximately 1:30 p.m. this afternoon Locke’s GPS device had been tampered with while out at a medical appointment.  Locke’s GPS device was later recovered.

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 Locke.

Locke is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 208 pounds. He was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on September 4, 2013 with a seven-year 8-month sentence for Attempted Second Degree Robbery. Locke was transferred from the California Institution for Men (CIM) to the MCRP on March 21. He was scheduled to be released to probation in October 2017. 

Anyone who sees Locke 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 1 year 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. 

April 27, 2017

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Officer Injured in Inmate Attack at California State Prison-Sacramento

FOLSOM – Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) are investigating an inmate attack that injured a correctional officer.

At around 2:40 p.m. Friday, April 21, a correctional officer was conducting security checks in a housing unit when inmate Pablo Melendez, 37, began aggressively running toward the officer, wielding an inmate-manufactured weapon in each hand. Melendez began assaulting the officer, who immediately used physical force to subdue the attacker. Two officers working in the same unit responded and attempted to separate Melendez and the injured officer, and were warned the inmate had weapons. As Melendez attempted to attack the officers, they were able to quickly disarm him and place him in restraints.

The injured officer was transported to an outside hospital for treatment of puncture wounds to the leg and head, lacerations to the head and arm, and scratches. The officer, who required eight sutures to the arm, was released later that night and is recovering at home.

Melendez was transported to an outside hospital for treatment of fractured ribs, bruising, swelling and abrasions. He was returned to SAC that night, where he has been placed in segregated housing as the attack is being investigated.

Melendez was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from Los Angeles County in 2011 to serve 98 years to life with the possibility of parole for kidnapping and lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old.

SAC, which opened in 1986, is a maximum-security prison that houses nearly approximately 2,300 general population inmates and employs about 1,700 people. The institution houses inmates serving long sentences and those who have proven to be management problems at other institutions. SAC also houses inmates requiring specialized mental health treatment. For more information, visit

April 25, 2017  

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