LOS ANGELES – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit agents arrested Derbert Pineda, 32, on Aug. 30 at about 6 p.m. 22.19 in Los Angeles City.
Pineda, who had been missing from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles since Aug. 29, was taken into custody without incident. He will be transported to the California Institution for Men, and his case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for processing escape charges.
Pineda was hospitalized from Los Angeles County on February 24, 2020 to serve a four-year sentence for vehicle theft with previous vehicle-related theft convictions, another strike. He had arrived at the MCRP on 17 February 2021 and was scheduled to be released from CDCR’s custody in October 2021.
The MCRP allows qualified offenders committed in state prisons to serve their sentences in the rehabilitation center and provides them with the programs and tools necessary to transition from custody to society. It is a voluntary program for male offenders who have about a year left to serve. The program connects offenders to a range of community-based rehabilitation services that help with substance abuse 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.
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August 31, 2021 OPEC@cdcr.ca.gov