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Offender who walked away from Bakersfield Reentry Program captured

Posted: 6:09 AM, Jun 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-21 09:06:48-04
Offender who walked away from Bakersfield Reentry Program captured

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) says they have found and arrested a man that walked away from their Bakersfield Reentry Program Tuesday. 

CDCR says they began an emergency search for 20-year-old Deontrey Johnson around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday after they were notified that his electric monitoring device had been tampered with. 

After failing to locate Johnson, CDCR says they quickly notified local law enforcement and agents from CDCR's Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to help in the search. He was eventually located Wednesday just before 5:00 p.m. in Central Bakersfield, with Bakersfield Police arresting Johnson at the Motel 6 on Oak Street. He will now serve his time at the Kern State Prison. 

CDCR says Johnson was received by the department on December 1, 2016, to serve a three-year sentence for second-degree robbery. He had been participating in the reentry program since March 2018 and was scheduled to be released December 2018. 

The program allows for eligible offenders to serve no more of than the last 11 months of their sentence at reentry centers; providing them programs and tools to transition back to the community.