Colorado Parole Chief Put On Leave After Criticism Over Corrections Killer


Tim Hand, director of Colorado’s parole division, which has been under fire for two months for its handling of Evan Ebel and other violent parolees, has been put on a paid leave of absence, the Denver Post reports. Interim corrections chief Roger Werholtz announced the move in a brief e-mail to employees and said Hand would be replaced by Steve Hager, warden of the youth offender system. The e-mail offered no explanation. The parole division faced criticism for its handling of Ebel, who slipped out of his ankle monitoring bracelet on March 14. Authorities say he fatally shot pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon on March 17 and Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements at his home on March 19. It took five days after the ankle monitor was cut for a parole officer to discover the discarded bracelet at Ebel’s house and six days to get a warrant for his arrest. A Denver Post review found at least 35 parolees have been convicted or accused of murder while on supervised release from prison since 2002.

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