Search underway for prisoner who escaped LA reentry program

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Rolando A. Pineda, 21, walked away from a prisoner reentry program in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, officials said. (Calif. Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

State corrections officials are searching for a prisoner who walked away from a community reentry program in Los Angeles on Sunday six months before he was due for parole.

Rolando A. Pineda, 21, walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program Sunday night.

He was scheduled to be released for parole supervision on March 4, 2018.

Pineda entered the state prison system in October 2016 on a three-year sentence for evading a police officer while driving recklessly. He was serving his time at Ironwood State Prison in Riverside County before he was transferred to the MCRP on Aug. 28.

The community program is designed for offenders to serve the end of their sentences in a reentry center to undergo programs to help them transition back to the community. It is a voluntary program for offenders with less than one year left to serve.

State officials say 99 percent of offenders who have walked away from such programs have been caught.

Pineda is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds.

Anyone who sees him or has information is asked to call 911.
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