DENVER - The Colorado Department of Corrections announced on Friday the results of independent reviews examining its parole-electronic monitoring and offender management.
READ: The National Institute of Corrections Evaluation and Recommendations
An outside review says the prison system needs a clear policy when it comes to how officers should respond when electronic alarms, including ankle monitors, indicate a parolee is breaking the rules.
The review recommended the state clarify its electronic monitoring rules, improve training, develop better plans for individual inmates and transfer inmates less often. The National Institute of Corrections, which is an agency within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, conducted the review.
The review also recommended the Department of Corrections look into partnering with local police to respond to ankle monitor alarms faster.
"That's exactly what we are going to be doing is following the report," Department of Corrections Executive Director Rick Raemisch said at a morning news conference. "What we're here to say today is that based on this report, what we are doing now and what we are continuing to do is work hard to do everything we can to keep Colorado safer. That's what this is all about. Whenever a mistake is made, and there will be mistakes because we are human beings, people will be held accountable for those."
Raemisch said he agrees with the report which said parole staff needs more training so they can effectively do their jobs.
The review of parole operations was announced following a series of blunders in the case of parolee Evan Ebel. While on parole in March, police say Ebel murdered Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements and father-of-three Nate Leon.
A 9Wants to Know investigation discovered the prison system released Ebel four years too early because of an error made by the state-court system.
9Wants to Know then analyzed parole records and discovered when Ebel removed his parole ankle-monitoring bracelet, it took parole staff five days to check on him.
In that time, investigators say Ebel killed Clements and Leon.
Following those two revelations, Governor John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) ordered reviews of prisoner sentences and parole operations.
9NEWS reported earlier this month that hundreds of prisoner sentence errors had been discovered and corrected in the sentencing audit.
The results of the parole operations audit will be announced at 10:15 a.m.
Hickenlooper is expected to attend the news conference.
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