• Early paroled inmate accused of murder never monitored

    by  • October 2, 2013 • News

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Associated Press has learned an ex-convict released from prison early and now charged with

    Joshua A. Jones

    Joshua A. Jones

    murder was never fitted with an electronic ankle monitor as ordered by prison officials.

    Joshua A. Jones was released from prison on May 3 under a new state early-release policy. He was accused of shooting a man to death in Decatur on Aug. 15. The shooting was two months before his original release date after serving time for a drug-dealing conviction.

    Documents obtained by The AP show the Illinois Prisoner Review Board ordered that Jones wear an electronic bracelet for six months as a condition of his release.

    Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says a parole employee failed to follow the order. Shaer says “disciplinary action” is underway but would not comment further.