Colorado law allows some inmates at prisons and juvenile detention centers to be released early and put on parole. Usually, this means that while the person will not be incarcerated, he or she will still be under a significant amount of supervision. Parolees are subject to a number of restrictions and are required to check in regularly with a parole officer.Not every parolee follows these rules, though. According to the Colorado Department of Corrections, approximately 136 Colorado parolees abscond every month. Some of these individuals end up committing serious crimes.

The issue gained new attention recently, after the murder of Tom Clements, the state prisons chief. The man suspected of killing Clements was on parole but detached his ankle monitor six days before the murder. A warrant for his arrest was not issued until the day after Clements was killed.

Now, parole officials are launching new efforts to track down suspected parole violators. The Division of Adult Parole recently started a program in which officers will be able to get an arrest warrant within two hours after they become aware that someone has tampered with an ankle bracelet. In addition, the office is sending parole officers out to track down individuals they have previously lost track of.

The Department of Corrections plans to spend almost $500,000 to track down these parolees. Part of the money will go to paying overtime for 80 parole officers.

Violating parole is a serious offense in Colorado. If you have violated parole, you may be better off taking a proactive approach to the issue. Talk to a criminal defense attorney who can work with you to reach a solution to your problem.

Source: The Denver Post, “State parole officials to round up Colorado parole absconders,” Kirk Mitchell, April 10, 2013.