Early-Out Parolee Accused Of Murder Not Monitored
By Sean Powers
Lawmakers say an early prison release law doesn't need changing despite a mistake in which a parolee now charged with murder was not properly monitored.
Joshua A. Jones was set free in May five months early. He was charged with a Decatur murder three months later.
Documents and Associated Press interviews show Jones was supposed to be electronically monitored but was not. State prison officials say an employee faces discipline.
Republican Rep. Jim Sacia of Pecatonica called the mistake "unimaginable.'' He said it shows the need for holding employees accountable.
Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul said a worker's error does not mean the system is flawed.
The lawmakers were sponsors of a 2012 early-release law that replaced one shut down in 2009 following a scandal.