Officials: Colo. deluged with alerts on parolees

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Corrections officials are being quicker about checking into alerts from parolees' electronic monitoring bracelets after the death of Colorado's prisons chief.

But they say there's a limit to what they can do.

Documents released Tuesday show the state received 89,000 alerts in the past six months from monitors. Only a tiny fraction were "tamper" alerts like the one issued by Evan Ebel's bracelet when he slipped it off days before the death of prisons director Tom Clements last month.

Parole officers didn't obtain a warrant for Ebel's arrest for five days and he is now suspected in the killing.

Parole officers now must respond to tamper alerts in two hours. But monitors issue other kinds of alerts too.

Officials said Tuesday that they can't rush out on every one of those.

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