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Offender Walks Away From Alternative Custody Program
By California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Published: 02/13/2018

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for an offender who walked away from the Alternative Custody Program (ACP).

Around 5:40 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, CDCR was alerted that Thomas Ruark, 30, had removed his electronic monitoring device. Ruark had been participating in ACP at New Start, a sober living residential facility on Del Paso Boulevard in Sacramento. Local law enforcement was notified and agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were immediately dispatched to locate and apprehend Ruark.

Ruark is a white male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing 208 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was received into CDCR custody on May 24, 2016, from Sacramento County to serve a five-year, four-month sentence for evading or attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly, and second-degree burglary (second striker). He had been participating in ACP since October 2017 and was scheduled to be released in May 2018.

Anyone with information about Ruark’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.

ACP is a voluntary program developed for eligible offenders that allows them to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility or a residential drug or other treatment program.

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


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