The man accused of killing a woman in a drunk driving accident that happened over the weekend is one of nearly 900 parolees out on Rockford Streets. Police know there’s a good chance those ex-cons will re-offend, but officers say many haven’t gotten into trouble again since the parole call-in program launched in March.
Police say 24-year-old Dawon Keenan had not yet been through the parole call-in program but dozens of others have and the city is pretty happy with the results.
We're told 129 Parolees have been through the program. Of those, 22 have re-offended, which is about 17% or 1 in 6. Each month, 10 to 20 are called to attend a program, where they hear from law enforcement about the consequences of committing more crimes and get set up with social services to help them back on their feet.
Officers say it’s tragedies like the one yesterday that are being prevented thanks to the program.
The call-in happens once a month. There was a break in November because of Thanksgiving, but the next parolee call-in happens within the next few days.
Today, Rockford Police checked up on 29 parolees. While checking homes, officers found marijuana and arrested a man who was not on parole.