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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
January 17, 2012
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Opalocka Work Release Center Inmate Recaptured by Prison Dog Team

Inmate Juan Preval, who escaped from the Opalocka Work Release Center today (January 17, 2012) at 11:30 am, was recaptured an hour and 40 minutes later by a prison canine squad.

Preval was awaiting transfer back to prison because he was found in possession of contraband at the work release center, therefore, he was in leg shackles and hand restraints when he escaped. Work Release Centers are not locked facilities, and the inmates housed there are the Department’s lowest custody level. They work out in the community during the day, returning to the center after work.

Preval was caught by a prison K-9 team from South Florida Reception Center at 1:10 pm. The SFRC Canine team consists of Sergeant G. Trocine, Officer L. Urbina, Officer G. Mikel-Robledo and K-9 Max. They captured inmate Preval approximately ½ mile west of the Center behind the Burger King. He was found by the dog team laying half in the canal and half on the bank of the canal. Inmate Preval is being transported by Miami-Dade police to the county jail pending escape charges. 

He was serving an 8 year, 11 mos and 28 day sentence for burglary, grand theft and resisting an officer with violence. He will never again be eligible for work release.


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