Tim Hand, director of the Colorado Department of Correction's parole division, answers questions about Evan Spencer Ebel's parole Tuesday April 2, 2013, in Denver,Colo. Ebel slipped his ankle bracelet and fled custody five days after the system first flagged him as being delinquent. Ebel is a suspect in the slaying of DOC corrections director Tom Clements. Parole officers issued an arrest warrant for parole violation for Ebel the day after Clements was shot to death at his front door. Ebel died in a shootout with Texas authorities on March 21. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda)
The director of Colorado's parole department has been placed on administrative leave.
Tim Hand has been under fire for his department's handling of the Evan Ebel case and a number of other parole issues which are coming to light after an investigation into the Department of Corrections' parole records.
The investigation by sister station KCNC has revealed that a number of parolees, some considered dangerous, were taken off intensive supervised parole--or never put on it in the first place--due to budget issues over the last five years. Some of the parolees KCNC identified as falling under this trend went on to commit other crimes--including murder.
Corrections officials didn't elaborate on why Hand was placed on administrative leave, but told KCNC the paid leave for Hand is “indefinite” and came after a meeting initiated by Werholz.