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Lawmakers approve funding for Colo. fugitive unit

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Lawmakers approve funding for Colo. fugitive unit

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DENVER — Colorado lawmakers approved annual funding for prison officials to create a fugitive unit that tracks parolees who flee.

The move is the latest response state officials have undertaken to address the slaying of Colorado Department of Corrections Tom Clements in March. A parolee who was released early and slipped out of his monitoring bracelet is the lone suspect in the case.

The Colorado Joint Budget Committee on Thursday approved nearly $1 million in the next budget year, which begins July 1, and about $854,500 annually thereafter for the new fugitive unit.

Some of the lawmakers expressed concern about the request before approving it, saying they had unanswered questions about how the initiative would work. They lawmakers say they want to monitor the department’s progress on the matter.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com


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