San Diego — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Israel Hernandez, 27, who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) facility in San Diego on Thursday, May 11, 2017.
An emergency search was conducted after being notified at approximately 4:20 a.m. that Hernandez’s GPS device had been tampered with, and that he had been seen exiting the back door by staff. Hernandez’s GPS device was found in an adjacent parking lot.
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 Hernandez.
Hernandez is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 207 pounds. He was received by CDCR from San Diego County in November 2016 with a two-year eight month sentence for vehicle theft as a second striker. Hernandez was transferred to the MCRP in San Diego in March. He was scheduled to be released to probation in March 2018.
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 male offenders who have approximately one 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.
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