CO Responds Faster to Parolee Electric Device Alerts–90,000 in 6 Months


A team of 212 Colorado parole officers had wide discretion to decide how to respond to the nearly 90,000 alerts generated in the past six months by electronic devices that monitor parolees, reports the Denver Post. That level of discretion is coming under scrutiny after authorities believe parolee Evan Ebel killed state corrections chief Tom Clements on March 19. Ebel’s parole plan required him to wear a radio-frequency monitoring system on his ankle that would track when he left and returned to his home. Three weeks after Clements’ death, parole officials issued new guidelines requiring a swift responses when monitoring devices issue a tamper alert. Now, a parole officer will be required to make a home visit to a parolee within two hours after the corrections department learns of a tamper alert by the parolee. “The discretion for a response is up to the parole officer who knows the offender’s file and knows the offender’s behavior,” said corrections spokesperson Alison Morgan. “This world is not black and white, and offenders in it are not interacting in a black-and-white fashion.” Information on the 90,000 alerts was disclosed in response to media requests under the Colorado Open Records Act.

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