LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – The Nevada Department of Corrections is changing the way it tracks inmates after a murder suspect was mistakenly released from custody.

On Thursday, NDOC announced that a two-step verification process would be added to the way different law enforcement agencies communicate about offenders.

Correctional staff will be retrained on how offenders are transferred to new jurisdictions and require that the offender be returned to NDOC before release. The current protocol will see additional, periodic reviews be added to ensure that the offender remains in custody. Additionally, a reminder will be sent to that jurisdiction not to release the offender.

This change comes after Jeremy Kelly, who was sentenced to 40 years to life for charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and/or murder, burglary while in possession of a firearm, murder with use of a deadly weapon, and robbery with use of a deadly weapon, was released from custody.

Kelly, who was 15 years old at the time of his offense, was eligible for parole after 20 years, which was granted on July 15, 2016. Following his first release, he was taken back into custody in 2018 on a parole violation.

The Nevada Parole Board revoked his parole until March 1, 2021. NDOC says he was never seen for a parole reinstatement hearing in 2021.

On March 15, 2018, he was transferred from High Desert State Prison to Clark County Detention Center for a scheduled court hearing and was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. CCDC was contacted by the Bureau of Prisons in 2022, but because there was no memo on file for Kelly, he was released on Federal Probation.

NDOC says Kelly currently remains on Federal Probation and will appear before the Nevada Parole Board in April.


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