DOC chief: Parole supervision needs improvement

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DENVER (AP) 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.

Department of Corrections Executive Director Rick Raemisch also told a legislative committee Friday that delays in responding to alerts of bracelet tampering are unacceptable. Lawmakers are scrutinizing the DOC's policies after the death of Raemisch's predecessor, Tom Clements, who authorities suspect was killed by a former inmate.

Authorities say the suspect took his bracelet off days before the slaying in March, but parole officers didn't immediately find out.

Raemisch also told lawmakers that inmates who are placed in solitary confinement should have a chance to reintegrate into the general population before being released from prison.