BAKERSFIELD — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials have apprehended an offender who walked away from a Bakersfield re-entry facility on July 31, 2017. Ramon Mejia was arrested in the Bakersfield area shortly after midnight today by officers from the Special Service Unit. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to North Kern State Prison in Delano.

Mejia, 21, was transferred from Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) to the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) in Kern County on June 26, 2017. He was received by CDCR from Kern County on January 22, 2016, with a four-year sentence for receiving stolen property and a

concurrent six-year sentence for first-degree burglary. Mejia was scheduled to be released next summer.

The MCRP allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in a reentry facility 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 1, 2017

CONTACT: (916) 445-4950

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