Friday, June 30, 2017

Offender Who Walked Away from Los Angeles Re-entry Facility Apprehended

LOS ANGELES — A man who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles County on Thursday, June 29, 2017, was apprehended today.

Brandon Garcia, 36, was apprehended at approximately 12:50 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2017, on the northwest corner of 6th and Stafford in Los Angeles by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit.

He was taken into custody without incident and transported to California Institution for Men in Chino. This case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.

Garcia had been participating in the MCRP, which 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 one year left to serve. The program links participants 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.

Garcia was admitted from Los Angeles County on November 16, 2016, to serve a two-year eight-month sentence for Burglary 1st and Vehicle Theft with Prior Vehicle Related Theft Convictions. He was scheduled to be released to probation in August 2017.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

CONTACT: LUIS PATINO
(916) 207-8085



Offender Walks Away from Los Angeles Re-entry Facility

LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Brandon Garcia, 36, who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles on Thursday June 29, 2017.

An emergency search was conducted after being notified at approximately 6:23 p.m. that Garcia’s GPS device had been tampered with and the GPS tracking device was located on the roof of the fire department station near his last location.  Garcia was not located in the immediate area.  

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 Garcia. 

Garcia is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on November 16, 2016, with a two-year, eight-month sentence for Burglary 1st and Vehicle Theft with Prior Vehicle Related Theft Convictions. Garcia was transferred from the Wasco State Prison to the MCRP on May 10, 2017. He was scheduled to be released to State Parole in August 2017.  

Anyone with knowledge of Garcia’s 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. 

Contact: Luis Patino
(916) 207-8085

Friday, June 23, 2017

Correctional Officer Assaulted at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

SAN DIEGO – Two correctional officers were treated and released from a local hospital after being attacked by an inmate Wednesday at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD).

At around 1 p.m. June 21, a correctional officer was escorting inmate Lucious Wilson, 38, out of a building when Wilson lunged at the officer and began punching him in the face. The officer immediately began to defend himself from Wilson’s attack and attempted to strike back with his own fists. Other staff in the area observed the attack and immediately ran over to assist in restraining Wilson. After a struggle on the ground, the officers were able to subdue and restrain the inmate.

During the altercation, the officer sustained injuries to his facial area, including a puncture wound to his lip. A responding officer sustained an injury to his knee. Both officers were transported to an outside medical facility for treatment and have since been released. Inmate Wilson did not sustain any serious injuries and was placed in short-term restricted housing.

Wilson was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on July 10, 2012, from Los Angeles County to serve a 13-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon by a second striker and brandishing a deadly weapon.

RJD opened in 1987 and houses approximately 3,807 minimum-, medium, and maximum-security inmates. There are currently 1,906 staff members working at the institution. RJD’s primary mission is to provide long-term housing and professional rehabilitative services for inmates of all custody levels. Additionally, RJD is a designated institution for inmates with severe mental illness, inmates with developmental disabilities and is responsible for providing officer coverage for inmates being treated in community hospitals throughout San Diego County. Education and career technical skills are offered to inmates through academic classes, vocational instruction, and work programs to create viable job skills that are marketable in today's workforce.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2017      
 

CONTACT: Lt. Jennifer Davies  
(619) 661-7802

 



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Inmate Mistakenly Released From Sacramento County Jail Apprehended in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO — State prison inmate Alamar Houston, who was mistakenly released from Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) custody June 13, was apprehended early Thursday morning by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Services Unit and SCSO Major Crimes Bureau.

Houston was sent out to court in Sacramento County from CDCR to face charges of vehicle theft and receiving stolen property last month. He had been housed at Sacramento County Jail while in the custody of local authorities. 

CDCR had an active detainer on Houston, so that he would be returned to CDCR custody after the court proceedings. Instead, on June 13 after Houston’s court case was dismissed, he was mistakenly released by SCSO.

The ongoing investigation on inmate Houston’s release from SCSO led CDCR agents to the area of the 1100 block of C Street in Sacramento. Agents observed Houston walking down the street, and not at a specific location or residence; he was taken into custody without incident. At around 12:15 a.m. June 15 he was returned to Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) in Tracy, where he had been housed until his transfer to Sacramento County Jail.

Houston was received by CDCR from Yolo County on Jan. 12, 2017, to serve a 35-year sentence for vehicle theft, evading a peace officer while driving recklessly, hit-and-run causing injury to another person, and assault with a deadly weapon.


Contact:
CDCR: Krissi Khokhobashvili, (916) 445-4950
SCSO: Tony Turnbull, (916) 874-5021

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Inmate Mistakenly Released From Sacramento County Jail


SACRAMENTO — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) officials are looking for Alamar Houston, 40, a state prison inmate who was mistakenly released from Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office custody on June 13.

Houston was sent out to court in Sacramento County from CDCR to face charges of vehicle theft and receiving stolen property last month. He had been housed at Sacramento County Jail while in the custody of local authorities.

CDCR had an active detainer on Houston, so that he would be returned to CDCR custody after the court proceedings. Instead, on June 13 after Houston’s court case was dismissed, he was mistakenly released by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. Agents from CDCR’s Special Services Unit and SCSO’s Major Crimes Unit were immediately dispatched to locate and apprehend Houston.

Houston was received by CDCR from Yolo County on Jan. 12, 2017, to serve a 35-year sentence for vehicle theft, evading a peace officer while driving recklessly, hit-and-run causing injury to another person, and assault with a deadly weapon. Until his transfer to Sacramento County Jail, Houston was housed at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy.

Houston is an African American man with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 262 pounds. Anybody who sees Houston or has any knowledge of his whereabouts should immediately call 911.

Contact:
CDCR: Krissi Khokhobashvili, (916) 445-4950
SCSO: Tony Turnbull, (916) 874-5021