Texas slayings highlight shortcomings in state parole system

Texas slayings highlight shortcomings in state parole system

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DALLAS (AP) - A Texas felon accused in a criminal rampage that killed three people has been arraigned on capital murder charges in a case that authorities say highlights cracks in the state's criminal justice system.
Jose Gilberto Rodriguez was also denied bond during a hearing Monday in Houston. Investigators say the 46-year-old is linked to the shooting deaths of three people, including two who worked at mattress stores.
Investigators say he'd cut off his ankle monitor several days before the first killing. That sent an alert to parole officers, but an arrest warrant wasn't issued until days later. And investigators didn't link him to the deaths until a week later.
The Texas State Employees Union represents state parole officers. It says officers each have dozens of parolees to monitor, and that the state isn't hiring enough people to keep up.

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7/23/2018 12:28:01 PM (GMT -5:00)

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