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Parole opportunities might be at-risk in wake of parolee violence

What can get many inmates through the time they must serve for a criminal conviction is knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel. That light often comes in the form of parole, when a convicted offender is let out of prison but supervised by authorities for a given amount of time.

Recently, violent crimes have reportedly been committed by Colorado parolees. Will those limited but severe incidents of alleged sexual assault, violence and even murder end up impacting others' chances at getting out from prison walls and onto the streets of the real world?

The Denver Post reports that Colorado lawmakers have waged a thorough investigation into the status quo of parole supervision in the state. In March, a parolee tampered with his ankle monitor and proceeded to kill the Department of Corrections Director.

Unsurprisingly that most serious of crimes against a high-profile Colorado figure is what solidified officials' feeling that something needs to be fixed regarding parole supervision. Though the vast majority of parolees do not go on to tamper with their ankle monitors and engage in violence, lawmakers believe that the rate of wrongdoing is still too high for comfort.

A hearing is scheduled for September during which lawmakers will discuss parole supervision and its apparent shortcomings with corrections officials. They will talk about what they believe has gone wrong and how the problem can be fixed to prevent Colorado parolees from committing crimes.

We will post an update then, when there are more details about what comes from that conversation.

Source: The Denver Post, "Colo. lawmakers to examine parole supervision," Ivan Moreno, July 24, 2013

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