Tighter Guidelines for Prison Parole

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Michigan Department of Corrections Director Patricia Caruso has signed a new policy directive designed to clarify rules related to the release of suspected parole violators.

The new order clarifies that suspected parole violators should not be released from jail if a hearing is not scheduled within 45 days.

Caruso discussed the new directive during a legislative committee hearing into the release of Patrick Alan Selepak, a parolee who is charged in a southeast Michigan murder and robbery spree.

Selepak and his fiancée recently were arraigned on murder charges in the deaths of a New Baltimore man and his pregnant wife. Selepak and his fiancée also are suspects in the recent death of a Genesee County man.

Two Corrections Department managers and a clerical worker have been suspended in a probe of Selepak's release from prison.