DOC Looking Into Parole Guidelines After Clements Murder

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We're digging deeper tonight to learn more about how our state's parole system operates.

Questions were raised about the system after it was discovered that Evan Ebel skipped out on his for days. His electronic monitoring bracelet stopped working five days before the murder and it wasn't until the day before Clements' murder parole officers discovered Ebel had left his home.

The state is now reviewing their system and how they keep tabs on offenders who are on parole.

Those on an intensive supervised parole most often have some type of ankle monitor.

Sex offenders are typically on a GPS - tracking their every move. Others, like Ebel wear a device that alerts parole officers when they leave home or don't get home in time for curfew.

When something goes wrong an alert is sent out. That alert can mean the offender is messing with the device or in some cases just bumped it on something.

One issue right now- parole officers don't have to contact those offenders within in a certain amount of time after the alert goes off.

"We look at the training that we receive, and the compliance," said Tim Hand, Director of Adult Parole. "Any of the victim issues would certainly alert us to be more responsive in some cases than in others. There's just an array of things that we look at in each and every case."

When asked today if this is a flaw in the system, Hand says it is and they are working to fix these issues.

He says there were no signs that Ebel would not comply with his parole- calling him an ideal candidate for parole.

We've learned 57 offenders in Colorado have the same monitoring device as Ebel. In March alone there were 219 tampering alerts from that group.



 
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