Inmates request appeals after Colorado State Board of Parole member forced to resign

Investigation reveals garnished wages withheld

DENVER - A CALL7 investigation has revealed Colorado inmates trying to appeal the rejection of their parole requests, after the former head of the Colorado State Board of Parole's recent resignation. The new developments came to light after CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia found Dr. Anthony Young had apparently been dishonest in dealing with an employee at a non-profit museum where he is board chairman.

Prior to his resignation, Young refused to speak with the CALL7 Investigators, saying an interview could hurt his gubernatorial appointment to the Parole Board. So, Ferrugia went to talk to him at the Black American West Museum & Heritage Center in Denver, where he also serves on the board, and handles the organization's funds.

"You think it's okay to garnish someone's wages and keep the money?" Ferrugia asked Young. "Where is the money?"

Young didn't answer any questions.

Naomi Mills, who served as the museum's office manager until December 2013, had a court-ordered garnishment of her wages to pay off a car debt. Records show Young, acting for the museum, garnished hundreds of dollars from Mills' paychecks every two weeks that he never sent to the collection agency.

After Young was forced to resign, some inmates and their families apparently wondered if his judgment in their cases could be questioned.

A recent email from the Parole Board notes, "In light of Dr. Young's resignation, the Parole Board is beginning to receive multiple requests for hearing appeals based upon the hearing being conducted by Dr. Young … In light of the high volume of appeal letters that are being received by the board, Parole Board Chair [Brandon] Schaffer has drafted a memo regarding appeals for hearings by Dr. Young."

That memo by Schaffer makes the rules for appeal clear: "Revocation hearings held by Dr. Young may not be appealed merely because Dr. Young conducted the hearing."

Schaffer told the CALL7 Investigators inmates at a number of prisons have been talking with caseworkers about filing appeals based on their belief that Young may not have been honest in his judgments dealing with their cases.

Schaffer said as of February 14, three inmates had contacted the board about appealing cases involving Young.  He said he is hopeful that his now-public memo will help inmates understand such appeals will not be considered.

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