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State Prison Officials Detain Woman Who Walked Away From San Diego Rehabilitation Center

A woman serving her prison sentence in a San Diego community reintegration program disappeared for about a day before authorities brought her back into custody Monday morning, prison officials said.

Atheena Drochak, 25, left the Transitional Community Custody Reintegration Program at Linda Vista and removed her electronic tracker around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said in a statement. Press.

After discovering Drochak was gone, reintegration program staff alerted state officials and local law enforcement was told to be on the lookout, prison officials said.

State Department of Corrections investigators re-arrested Drochak around 7 a.m. Monday in the city of Lancaster.

Investigators took her to a state prison, the California Institution for Women, and she could face charges related to the escape, prison officials said.

Drochak was serving a nine-year sentence for first-degree robbery. She transferred to Linda Vista’s reintegration program in December 2021.

The Community Reintegration Program allows eligible individuals incarcerated in state prison to serve the end of their sentence in a community setting, with the program providing them with tools to ease the transition out of custody. These tools and programs include job training, mental health support, addiction treatment, family reunification and housing.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said that since 1977, 99% of those who left without permission from inmate camps or community programs were apprehended.

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