Evan Ebel questioned the prison system's use of solitary confinement in the time before his release

DENVER - Evan Ebel's handwritten prison grievances show the man suspected of killing Colorado's prison chief did not want to be released directly from solitary confinement into society.

Two of the last grievances in the documents provided by the Department of Corrections were written in the final days before his release from prison in January.

In both documents, and in identical language, Ebel appealed his being kept in solitary confinement through the date of his release.

"Do you have an obligation to the public to reacclimatize 'dangerous' inmates to being around other human beings prior to releasing them into society after they have spent years in solitary confinement & if not, why not?"

"A Warden review was conducted on October 24, 2012. The decision at that time was that you be retained in Administrative Segregation," said one of the responses. "It has been your continued negative behavior that has resulted in your retention in your current status. You have been [given] multiple opportunities to progress as we strive for you to be given opportunities to succeed."

The response went on to say decisions on inmate classification rested with the "administrative head and classification committee of each facility."

The other version of this complaint was not answered on procedural grounds, because Ebel squeezed four lines of text into two lines of the document.

The 11th Judicial District has confirmed that Ebel was released from prison four years early, due to a mistake in how the Fremont County District Court communicated a sentence to the Department of Corrections. Because of the mistake, Ebel was allowed to serve his sentence for assaulting a prison guard simultaneously to his other sentence, instead of consecutively.


-- White supremacist materials --

Ebel's grievances say he had several items confiscated because of their content.

Ebel, who was linked to the murder of prison chief Tom Clements and part-time delivery driver Nate Leon, was a reported member of the white supremacist gang called the 211 Crew.

In a grievance dated September 25, 2008, Ebel wrote that a magazine entitled "Resistance Spring 2007," had been confiscated. He wrote that the reading committee had determined that more than four pages within the magazine promoted racial hatred.

Less than a year later, in May 18, 2009, Ebel wrote a grievance about three "Resistance" magazines that were taken from him during a shakedown. He wrote that the magazines were deemed to be "nuisance contraband."

"These are magazines I purchased with my own money & as per your policy I would appreciate the opportunity to send them home," Ebel wrote.

Other reading materials had been confiscated from Ebel in 2006. According to a typewritten denial of his request to have those items returned, that included a note written in code, a "note in letter for Rep David Duke racist [SIC]" and notes related to an STG -- or a security threat group, the DOC's designation for dangerous gangs.


-- Ebel's other complaints --

Several of the other grievances pertain to his complaints about treatment by the prison staff.

In one, Ebel wrote, "Theres nothing that justifys assaultive behavior by staff [SIC]"

"The situation you reference, involves you slipping the handcuffs and attempting and striking staff in the face [SIC]," reads the written response. "Your actions warranted an immediate response from staff so that they could protect themselves from your assaultive behavior."

Ebel penned a complaint on September 25, 2008, saying he'd been charged $5 for a "facility security medical fee" after being pepper sprayed along with two other inmates. He requested reimbursement, saying that he had "specifically refused medical attention."

It was denied and he wrote a second grievance on the same subject.

"You were seen by a nurse on 8/24/08 after a cell extraction with the use of OC spray (pepper spray). It is CDOC policy that you see medical after such an incident, whether you refuse it or not," reads the response in the second denial.

Although he wrote several grievances about his outgoing or incoming mail not being received, the documents provided by the Department of Corrections only show one instance in which prison administrators acknowledged intercepting a letter.

That letter, the response says, was sent by Ebel's father and contained another prisoner's profile page from the DOC locator. The printout was dubbed "inappropriate correspondence," and the letter was returned to sender.

At least one other letter was confiscated, however, because it was introduced as evidence at his sentencing for assault.

Other complaints submitted by Ebel dealt with canteen pricing or selection, cell maintenance, medical care and cleanliness.


-- Read Ebel's grievances and the responses: http://media.thedenverchannel.com/documents/ebelletters.pdf

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