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Inmate who walked away from San Diego facility back in custody

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Posted at 10:22 AM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 13:22:02-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A prison inmate who walked away from a local facility earlier this month is now back in custody.

On May 11, State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said 27-year-old Israel Hernandez left the Male Community Re-Entry Program on Boston Avenue near South 27th Street.

CDCR officials said a search was launched after they were notified at about 4:20 a.m. that Hernandez's GPS device had been tampered with. Hernandez was seen by facility staff exiting the building through a back door. His GPS device was found in a nearby parking lot.

Officials said Hernandez "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."

According to CDCR officials, Hernandez was arrested without incident on May 26 in San Ysidro and transported to Donovan Correctional Facility.

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