Rick Raemisch, the new executive director of Colorado’s corrections department, today ripped his own parole and corrections departments for having ‘lax’ policies, misguided procedures and a recidivism rate he described as ‘embarrassingly high’.
The head of Colorado prisons told lawmakers his department needs to improve the monitoring of parolees, and that officials are considering using cell phones instead of electronic bracelets to do so.
The Colorado Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee began investigating Thursday what one legislator described as an ‘ongoing culture of problems’ within the state parole department.
Four months after a CBS4 investigation revealed dangerous Colorado parolees were getting lower levels of supervision due to perceived budget problems and after the Colorado Department of Corrections vehemently disputed the reports, the agency is now acknowledging the CBS4 investigation was correct.
An outside review says the Colorado prison system doesn’t have clear guidelines for how officers should respond when electronic alarms indicate a parolee is breaking the rules.
A parolee suspected of killing Colorado’s prisons chief had a list with him when he died that included the names and addresses of other Colorado officials, the El Paso County sheriff said Friday.
The former head of the Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections has been named to replace slain Colorado Corrections Director Tom Clements.