Jeffrey Wells, parole officer, accused of forgery to keep arrestees in jail longer
"When parole officers revoke them, they don't have a right to counsel. And when they don't have a right to counsel, no one is able to say, 'You're violating this person's statutory and constitutional rights.' And that's when these crimes -- and it is a crime to do this when you're forging a document and falsely imprisoning someone -- go unreported and people are improperly incarcerated for extended periods of time."
As the case works its way through the system, Wells remains on the job. Not that his departure would necessarily solve the problem.
"I hope this hasn't been happening more broadly," Rathod says. "I hope the Department of Corrections has not been unlawfully holding people and ruining people's lives. But I fear evidence will point in the direction of this going beyond parole officer Wells. I think this is a problem throughout the entire Department of Corrections."
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