DENVER - It was in March, that a man on parole committed two murders that have had repercussions ever since.
State lawmakers kicked-off a marathon two-day judiciary committee hearing on Thursday to address the state's parole system problems, many of which surfaced as a direct result of that case.
Colorado corrections director Tom Clements was killed, police say, by a man who was out on parole. Investigators suspect Evan Ebel faked a pizza delivery using a uniform he took after murdering Nate Leon.
Ebel had removed his ankle monitoring bracelet, but that didn't trigger an arrest warrant until 5 days later - after the murders.
"I'm not sure this is about one single case," Rep. Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs) said. "This is about an ongoing culture of problems."
Since the Ebel case, Waller says the whole system has been scrutinized.
Earlier this year, lawmakers passed a bill that would have kept Evan Ebel from getting out of prison too early over an unclear sentencing order first uncovered by 9Wants to Know.
Ebel also earned time off for good behavior. Waller wanted to know whether inmates can lose that time for bad behavior.
Others are concerned about cases like Nick Medina's. 9Wants to Know learned the sex offender violated his parole by having sexually oriented photos, but got only a verbal warning.
He later slipped his ankle bracelet and disappeared.
Parole officers have discretion to give warnings, but lawmakers want to know how well that works in practice.
"There may be some abuse of discretion or maybe they're not trained on what to do in terms of discretion," Rep. Joe Salazar (D-Thornton) said.
In a sit-down interview with 9NEWS last month, the new corrections director Rick Raemisch said his agency should have taken a violation like Medina's more seriously.
"That's when common sense kicks in and you say. 'I'm going to talk to a supervisor. We're going to move forward with revocation on this offender,'" Raemisch said.
The entire second day of this hearing will be questions for his department.
"What have they done? What steps have they taken? Are they the right steps," House Judiciary Chairman Daniel Kagan (D-Cherry Hills Village) said.
If lawmakers don't think the agency has done enough, they may write more stringent rules into law during next year's session.
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