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Officials: Colo. deluged with alerts on parolees

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KUSA - Colorado's prison system leaders are still trying to explain what happened with Evan Ebel - the parolee suspected of killing the agency's director, as well as a father of three who was delivering pizzas as a second job.

The Department of Corrections admits there was a "delay" in responding to a tamper alert on Ebel's ankle monitor.

It took officers five days to figure out that Ebel was likely an absconder and to issue a warrant for breaking parole.

Within those five days, a father of three was killed - and so was Tom Clements, the head of Colorado's prison system.

Ebel, who died in a shoot-out in Texas, was the main suspect in those murders.

Tuesday afternoon in Boulder, the Department of Corrections showed the media the type of equipment Ebel tampered with.

Based on what the department is alluding, because Ebel was behaving well while on parole before all of this, there wasn't a sense of immediacy to check up on him when the tamper alert came in.

"That's a simplified version of information that we've provided before. So there was an alert. and there was a delay of time in responding to that alert," Alison Morgan, with the Department of Corrections, said.

The department is auditing how it monitors parolees and says that immediately it's been responding to tamper alerts within two hours, instead of days.

DOC says they get out about three tamper alerts per day.

The agency went out of its way to stress that it's 212 parolee officers received 90,000 events through it's ankle monitor system.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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