KUSA - The Department of Corrections is concerned about claims made by anonymous sources to the Denver Post, which attempt to provide motive to the murder of former DOC Executive Director Tom Clements. Those claims are that the DOC was attempting to break up the 211 Crew prison gang by moving members to different prisons, and Clements' murder is in retaliation.
The DOC calls those claims irresponsible, saying it puts current staff and inmates at risk.
In a statement, department spokesperson Alison Morgan said:
"No one from the DOC would comment on the shuffling of specific inmates or groups of inmates at CDOC because it would endanger our staff and inmates. That being said, inmates are shuffled through our prison system constantly for a myriad of reasons - classification (behavior) progressing or regressing, program needs, security needs, etc. As evidence to this point, 25% of our inmate population is shuffled over the course of a year. It is irresponsible for the Denver Post to issue the report regarding our tactics of shuffling the 211 security threat in an effort to jar their organization."
A former inmate who now works to prevent youth violence and worked occasionally with Clements on prison issues agrees, saying targeting Clements would bring the gang unwanted attention.
"They break up bible study groups in prisons," Terrance Roberts said. "I had a bible study group in Fremont and they sent me to another prison. If you're in prison you can expect to do 20 years at one particular prison or you can do a two-year sentence and be at four different penitentiaries."
Roberts is now the executive director of The Prodigal Son Initiative.
Investigators say they have "strong, strong evidence" to connect 211 Crew gang member Evan Ebel to the murder of Tom Clements.
Ebel is also accused of murdering pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon.
Ebel was fatally shot following a high-speed chase with Texas authorities last week.
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