Monday, October 24, 2016

CDCR Urges Parents to Use “Operation Boo” Halloween Safety Guide

(Media ride-along registration deadline is today Monday, October 24.)
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Adult Parole Operations – aided by law enforcement partners statewide – is preparing to conduct the 23rd annual Halloween children’s safety project, “Operation Boo.”

Beginning today, the media is invited to partner with CDCR in spreading the word about how parents and guardians can help keep kids safe by using our online parent empowerment brochure.  The Operation Boo Parent Patrol Online Guide gives suggestions for non-threatening ways to teach children how to spot and avoid potential sexual predators. The brochure also offers links to help parents pinpoint and avoid residences of sex offenders when plotting their children’s trick-or-treat paths.

The Tradition
CDCR has been conducting and expanding Operation Boo since 1994.  Operation Boo is conducted throughout California on Halloween night. State-supervised sex offenders* are monitored closely to ensure that they don’t attempt to attract children to their homes.  The special conditions of parole imposed on sex offenders for Halloween night include:
  • A 5 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew during which parolees must remain indoors;
  • A ban on  exterior lights on at their homes (to discourage children from approaching);
  • A ban on offering Halloween candy and a ban on Halloween decorations;
Sex-offender parolees may open the door only to respond to law enforcement, such as parole agents checking compliance.
**There are almost 114,000 sex-offenders statewide in California; CDCR is only responsible for supervising around 5,860 of them, about 4% of the total sex-offender population in the state. For more information, please visit:

Boo  2016

badgeIn addition to the traditional compliance checks, this year’s Operation Boo will include two features added statewide in 2011.

Parent Empowerment:  Parental empowerment is key to protecting California children from sexual predators year round.  That’s why CDCR is again promoting a free downloadable brochure with helpful information and links for parents that includes:

o   How to share a fun and non-threatening Halloween activity with their children to allow discussion of dangerous behavior in adults.

o   Tips by well known organizations and experts for discussing personal safety for children.

o   Internet links to help survey the community and learn where sex offenders may live so parents and children can steer clear and report any illegal activity observed.

o   Operation Boo Parent Patrol badges for Halloween night to send a message to predators that they’re being watched, and to let everyone on the trick-or-treat trail know that parent awareness is key to keeping children safe.

The Operation Boo Information Guide for Parents and more are available here:

Halloween Night Transient Sex Offender Monitoring:  Since some sex offenders are homeless, special reporting centers will be set up in parole regions in areas where such offenders typically congregate.  Transient sex offenders will be ordered to report to a center to spend the curfew under supervision.  The centers will be part of the Halloween night media tours.

Per a prior news advisory, the deadline for media registration is today, Monday, October 24. Spots are limited and vary by region. For more information click here:
                                              Ride-alongs News Advisory
                                      Operation Boo Ride-Along Application

October 24, 2016

CONTACT: Luis Patino   
(916) 445-4950

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Offender Who Walked Away from Los Angeles Re-entry Facility Apprehended

LOS ANGELES — A man who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles County on Thursday, Oct. 20 was apprehended yesterday.

Jesse Hernandez, 38, was apprehended at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 21 by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit, with the support of Ontario Police Department, in the city of Ontario. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the California Institution for Men in Chino. This case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.

Hernandez had been participating in the MCRP, which 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 180 days left to serve. The program links participants 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.

Hernandez was admitted from Los Angeles County on December 11, 2015, to serve a three-year sentence for Evading a Peace Officer while driving the wrong way and Vehicle Theft with priors. He was scheduled to be released to probation in March 2017. Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

Contact: (916) 207-8085

CDCR Apprehends Offender Who Walked Away from Minimum-Support Facility at California Medical

VACAVILLE – Today, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced the apprehension of an inmate who earlier this week had walked away from a minimum-support facility at the California Medical Facility (CMF).

This morning, at approximately 5:30 a.m., inmate Jarvis Brown was apprehended without incident at a residence in the city of Richmond by the CDCR Office of Correctional Safety (OCS).  Brown will be held in a local correctional facility pending transfer back to CMF. Brown was reported missing during an institutional count at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17. He had been last seen on his bunk at around 11:30 p.m. Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies, surrounding community and the media. 

Brown was received by CDCR in May 2016 from Contra Costa County to serve a three-year sentence for evading a peace officer while driving recklessly. He was scheduled to be released in March 2017.

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

CONTACT: Lt. Megan Cherinka
(707) 449-6509