Two independent studies from the federal National Institute of Corrections have recommended changes in Colorado parole operations after the slaying of former prisons chief Tom Clements, reports the Denver Post. One study recommended that the state prison system reduce the number of institutional moves of offenders, expand community services and programs for parolees, develop a meaningful individual case plan that follows the offender from incarceration through parole, and define protocols for electronic monitoring.
Although the studies cited many instances where case managers and parole officers were overwhelmed with enormous caseloads, the report does not make recommendations for adding new staff. “We know that most offenders will return to the communities they came from,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “The recommendations will allow us to work toward public-safety goals more effectively … through evidence-based practices,” said corrections director Rick Raemisch. Hickenlooper added, “These will help offenders successfully re-enter society while also keeping our communities safe.” The state asked NIC to review Colorado parole operations and the state’s electronic ankle-bracelet program after glaring gaps in security were revealed in the wake of Clements’ death. A second study looked at the state’s ankle-monitoring program and found several deficiencies.