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Colorado governor orders audit of inmates

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a sweeping review of the state's prison and parole operations yesterday as more evidence emerged showing how a white supremacist gang member slipped through the cracks in the criminal justice system to become a suspect in the killing of the state's prisons chief.

Evan Ebel was released from prison four years early through a clerical error and violated his parole terms five days before the death of Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements.

The state will now audit inmates' legal cases to ensure they are serving the correct amount of time. They also will ask the National Institute of Corrections to review the state's parole system, which is struggling under large caseloads.

Authorities said they were looking for two other members of Evan Ebel's white supremacist prison gang in connection with Clements' death, the first official word that the 211 Crew might be involved. Authorities said the two men were not suspects but "persons of interest" in the killing.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Clements' slaying was an isolated attack or done at the direction of top members of the 211 Crew.

State officials announced the prison and parole audit at a news conference here, just south of the forested neighborhood where Clements was shot to death when he answered the front door the night of March 19.

Five days earlier, parole records show, Ebel slipped his ankle bracelet and stopped his required daily reports to the parole system.

Police believe Ebel also was involved with the killing of a pizza delivery man two days before. The state did not issue a warrant for his arrest on parole violations until March 20. Ebel died after a March 21 shootout with Texas authorities.

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