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Tom Clements, Department of Corrections chief, murdered at home: Assassination?

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Photos, video below.
The crime bears all the marks of an assassination: A political appointee with a high-profile position overseeing the state's prison system answers his door one night and is immediately shot in the chest by an unknown assailant.

We have no confirmation at this writing that the attack was carefully planned rather than random. But we know that Tom Clements, Colorado's Department of Corrections executive director, is dead, and police statewide are moving quickly in an effort to capture the person behind the gun. Details, photos and video below.

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Clements's official photo.
In February 2011, our Alan Prendergast provided us with the basics about the corrections boss in a post entitled, "Tom Clements, new Colorado prison chief: Can he bust out of the state's revolving door?" Here's an excerpt:
A 31-year veteran of the corrections system in Missouri, [Clements] started out as a parole officer in St. Louis and has great familiarity with what are now known in the business as "re-entry issues." Years ago, as a top official overseeing Missouri's 30,500 offenders, he supported an effort to shift in that state from hard-line, lock-em-up management to a greater emphasis on work, substance abuse treatment, and incentive programs designed to prepare inmates for life back in society. The approach was known as "Parallel Universe" -- the premise being that prison shouldn't be about totally controlling felons (and allowing them to sit around on their asses), but should more closely resemble a real-world regimen of work, earned awards and accountability.
As Predergast pointed out, data proving or disproving the effectiveness of this approach was wanting -- but "Clements is now in a position to bring such ideas to wider circulation in Colorado's cells, while bringing a fresh perspective to a prison system that badly needs one."

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Tom Clements with Governor John Hickenlooper at a hearing about the closing of Fort Lyon Correctional Facility.
In the two years or so since then, Clements has taken part in some bold efforts, including the proposed shutdown of Fort Lyon Correctional Facility, which Predergast described in another February 2011 post as "a geriatric hoosegow on the eastern plains that was supposed to be a bargain and turned into a money pit and a health hazard." Prisoners were reportedly moved out of Fort Lyon in March 2012.

Earlier this year, Clements made news again when he denied the clemency application of Darrell Havens, a paralyzed inmate in need for surgery. But in general, Prendergast tells us, he was widely viewed as a reformer, not a man bent on harsh systemic crackdowns.

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Clements lived on Colonial Park Drive in Monument.
Not that his every move was followed closely in the press. Indeed, Clements was hardly a constant presence in the headlines when the following tweet was sent out last night by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office about an address in Monument:

According to CBS4. Clements was shot around 8:30 p.m. last night after opening his front door.

Continue for more about the death of Tom Clements, including photos and videos.



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36 comments
overgeez
overgeez

He likely was assasinated by the same people who ordered the killing of ex-seal Chris Kyle, Sandy Hook, and Aurora and Giffords. Look up who was behind the "chain murders of Iran". These trolls who are celebrating "karma" sound just like the trolls who celebrated the execution of Chris Kyle for his "war crimes". He was wanted dead by the global jihad, so it's not hard to figure out who these trolls are that are celebrating the death of a public official. 

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Grumps, you mean he probably wasn't an all-around good guy who never screwed or bullied anyone? I am shocked! ;) Good info.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

If I'm on anyone's 'List' , note : I'll be @  both Anthrax & Suicidal Tendencies shows, early next month .

I AM actually missing a leg, hence the Juan, so BRING IT ON SUCKER !

Just please call me Tyler ....

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Hey were are the fake crocadile tears for Marvin Booker or Alonzo Ashley or any one mureder or enslaved by the criminal justice system? IS this state propaganda? Why should we give a shit about this slaver?

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Michael Roberts you fucking propagandists.  We offer our condolences to them, as well as to his family, friends and loved ones.

What murders of Alonzo Ashley and Marvin Booker where are their condolences?  Oh that's righ you were busy coverning up for law enforcement.  

Look's like there are negitive repercusions to ealaving people behind bars.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This dead cop DID work the Missouri prison system for more that 20 yrs . Who knows . This could very well be a carry over from his time in that state's system . His wife might be a 'cop-slut', screwing all the nobody's from the facility . 

I'm going to start digging .....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I just got off the phone w/ a good friend who works at the Sterling Facility, ( NON-COP ),  and the ENTIRE Dept of Corruption is on LOCK-DOWN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE !!!

He figures it will be this way til sometime Sunday .

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

You kick a dog enough times and it WILL,  eventually bite back ..... !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

THIS IS SO LONG OVER-DUE !!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Who ever this HERO turns out to be, PLEASE leave Gov Hick completely out of this mess !!!

It's not his fault & he's the 1st Gov to take office and not make the prisons worse w/ questionable cuts in programs & housing while refusing to parole . Additionally, he made his scratch LONG before becoming Gov . His sincerity is real AND PERHAPS this may just get the right Fed investigators to fix the shit occurring in most of the facilities .


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I haven't had a drop of alcohol since the summer of 2007, when I picked up my 1ST & only, $10,000 (+), D.U.I.

Today I will be doing a lone shot of something on the very 'top shelf', celebrating my new hero !!! Too bad Carole Chambers was visiting Clements & got one in the noggin' her EVIL self !!!

I bet you that correctional officer who comes to work pissed at his wife, kids, and life will think twice before taking it out on an inmate,  which is how they LAUGHINGLY, address their frustrations . Anyone wearing green, (NON-SEX OFFENDER), is subject to what ever the fuck the cop feels like doing !

Tom Clements, I wish there was actually a hell, SO YOU COULD BURN FOREVER !!! 

3-20-2013 ! An infamous date for a much needed & well deserved act of true justice for those treated worse than disease riddled animals !

CONGRATS TO ALL NON-SEX, NON-VIOLENT PRISONERS THAT HAVE & WHO REMAIN, DETAINED PAST THEIR P.E.D.,( parole eligibility date ), PRIMARILY FOR THEIR SEVEN CENTS PER HOUR, SKILLED LABOR POSITION !  MAKING MULTIMILLIONAIRES OUT OF EX COLORADO GOVERNORS !!!



Mark Theguythatcouldfly
Mark Theguythatcouldfly

I object to flags flying at half-staff. Nobody deserves to die, but until everybody deserves to have flags lowered in the honor, doing it for a state employee that happened to be a friend of the governor is a shame. Objecting to medical parole from a quadriplegic who never deserved to be shot in the first place? Shameful.

jmpmk2
jmpmk2

You two are hilarious.  These prisoners are paying for their incarceration that they, themselves, create -- not tax payers.  I'm all for second chances and more effective release programs, but while an inmate is carrying out his or her penance to society, they should be working to pay for their own removal from the public.

More importantly, I'd like to thank gun culture for making this murder possible.  Once again, easily accessible firearms have allowed any irrational low-life to take control of anyone else's life on a whim.

I grew up in the area, and there have been about two murders in 150 years.  I had friends who grew up on that street, and my parents still live a couple miles away.  There are no door-to-door solicitors in the area, because it's against the law.  This man had zero reason to open his door to anyone he didn't know.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

$20 says it could have been prevented by banning guns because this had to be done by a law abiding citizen rather than a criminal who purchases on the black market or steals to obtain their guns.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The approach was known as "Parallel Universe" -- the premise being that prison shouldn't be about totally controlling felons (and allowing them to sit around on their asses), but should more closely resemble a real-world regimen of work, earned awards and accountability."

The Voters -- and the venal politicians they elect -- are too vindictive and jealous to give those who've been tagged by the JustUs system any honest second chances or necessary advantages to reintegrate with society as productive citizens. They fear competition in their workforce professions, hence the systemic denial of productive professional or career licenses for those that otherwise are qualified, able and ready to engage in those honest endeavors.

The myopic callow voters fail to realize that by perpetually denying and disenfranchising ex-offenders they -- the taxpayers -- bear the massive financial burden of carrying millions of these citizens who are forced and held into under-productive underpaying labor -- millions of citizens who would otherwise be contributing much more $$$ to the collective coffers over the course of their lives if not deliberately held back by narrow-minded policies of permanent exclusion.






Hilary Hellums
Hilary Hellums

Watching right now, the Governor is on tv giving a statement and he is really upset. He's choked up several times and you can see in his face that he has been crying. He lost a good friend. This is like something out of CSI. I cannot even imagine how the victims family is doing. Terrible. Flags are flying at half-staff today in Colorado.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

It's ABOUT TIME the real criminals are being held accountable & not a school or theater ! The BULLET found a most worthy target !

The CDOC is WAY OUT OF CONTROL ! Only sex-offenders in treatment get paroled before their M.R.D. -(Maximum Release Date ), & prisoners are FORCED to work for .07 cents per hour, in manufacturing facilities w/i the prison and more than 1/2 owned by a cpl previous State Governors .

I hope this is only the beginning of 'Karma' coming back on CDOC !!!  Continue abusing state parole and see who this 'hero' kills next !

A DAY OF CELEBRATION !!!!!!!!

Patrick Esser
Patrick Esser

Money is almost always the MOTIVE! Private prisons have become a industrial complex making millions in just this state alone.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

There are few things more despicable than a cold-blooded murderer. Clements was a decent director who sought numerous improvements to the state's goals of rehabilitation. He wasn't a supporter of the "revolving door". He will be missed.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@CoreyDonahue <---  Roberts, pick your shots ! There are PLENTY available, & 'Bang One Out', each time you mention their name .

I still have yet to figure out your deemed' quote of the day', which most often is fantastic, but then I agree w/ Corey here, & when it comes to C.D.O.C., I have reviewed hundreds of cases & been involved w/ filing, when needed .

We've spoken briefly and you KNOW I'm about exposing the controversy . This will probably turn out to be a family or jealous lover kinda' ordeal and I'll end up w/o a 'HERO' . Regardless, I'll send ???$ a $20 every once in awhile & get a signature to add to my ever-growing collection .

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Mark Theguythatcouldfly Interesting viewpoint, Mark. Thanks for sharing it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@jmpmk2  "These prisoners are paying for their incarceration that they, themselves, create -- not tax payers."

What planet do you live on?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Hilary Hellums       So f'n what ???  I don't see state or city officials crying for the victim of a dozen offer's batons !!! OR the ENDLESS & NEVER-ENDING abuse of non-violent inmates in C.D.O.C. 

It sounds as if he suffered little . TOO BAD !!!  Think and consider ALL the SUFFERING by his hand, overseeing ever-so-dangerous,  NON-VIOLENT criminals,  he REFUSES TO PAROLE !!! I only hope the 'Martyr' doesn't stop w/ Clements ! Just so long as he leaves Hickenlooper out of it, and concentrates on the deserving ! There are WAY MORE than plenty left !!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Carissa Larson  If you are a supporter of corrupt law enforcement and a FAILED court & prison system .

I'm more surprised it taken this long to address the 'Big Bully', better known as the Colorado Department of Corrections .

jmpmk2
jmpmk2

@DonkeyHotay @jmpmk2 This one.  Are you implying that people, who commit crimes society has determined deserve prison time, aren't responsible for their actions?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@jmpmk2 ... the controversy is the SLAVE labor and PRIVATE FOR PROFIT correction corporations that financially benefit from that Slave Labor ... slave labor that directly and unfairly competes with normal COMMUNITY BUSINESSES and Industries in the products and services they produce ...

... businesses and industries who would be SENT TO PRISON if they paid CAPTIVE workers PENNIES per Hour.

Grow a brain, you clueless simpleton.


jmpmk2
jmpmk2

@DonkeyHotay Of course tax payers ARE paying for incarceration.  What I'm arguing is that these work programs help pay for the cost, thus reducing the full burden.  I don't see what's controversial here.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@jmpmk2 ... get back to us when you comprehend the nonsense that you spew.

"These prisoners are paying for their incarceration ...not tax payers.""


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