Less than a week after Mersaides McCauley was killed by a parolee who had been charged with domestic battery and released, Illinois’ Department of Corrections made sweeping changes that would keep certain parolees, like her accused killer, in custody, reports the Chicago Tribune. The new policy requires that warrants for violation of parole be automatically issued for any parolee accused of domestic violence, stalking, or sex offenses–even misdemeanors. In the past, warrants were decided on a case-by-case basis.
The murder-suicide drew the ire of domestic-violence-victims’ advocates, the attorney general’s office and McCauley’s family, who questioned why more wasn’t done to take the parolee off the street. The department last week said that his parole agent knew about the domestic-battery arrest. Under current state law, warrants are only required to be issued for parolees who commit felonies with a knife or firearm or who don’t register as sex offenders. All other parole-violation warrants are judged on a case-by-case basis.