Death of Tom Clements: Condolences and reaction

March 21, 2013
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Here's a roundup of reaction to the death of Colorado Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements:


Statement from family

“We are thankful for the overwhelming support and concern that we have received in the wake of Tom’s death. Our family has lost a devoted husband and a beloved father. There are no words at this time to describe our grief and loss. We thank our friends and those praying for us here and across the nation. Your well-wishes and prayers bring us strength. We appreciate your continued respect for our privacy during this terrible loss.”

— Statement from 
the family of Tom 
Clements, released by the governor’s office


Reaction and condolences

“He was just a good man: personable, hardworking, never a cross word, and always looking to see what he could do to help remedy a situation. He was a pleasure to work with. It’s just heartbreaking to even have this conversation.” — State Sen. Kevin 
Grantham, R-Cañon City 


“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and two daughters. Tom Clements dedicated his life to public service.” — Gov. John 


Tom Clements “dedicated his professional life and his considerable skills to public service and protection, and the citizens of Missouri join the people of Colorado in mourning this tremendous loss.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon


“He really enjoyed corrections and enjoyed the challenge of improving corrections. Whether it was to make things better for the employees, to make it safer, but also to reduce recidivism and have the inmates be successful on the outside.” — Larry Crawford, former director of Missouri’s Department of Corrections who promoted Clements in 2007


“The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar expresses condolences to the family of Tom Clements and we are deeply saddened by his untimely death. Tom Clements was a great man that genuinely cared about the people in his charge. In the two years since becoming executive director of the Department of Corrections Tom Clements changed the way criminal rehabilitation operates within our state.”

“Personally decent, professionally courageous, Tom championed true criminal rehabilitation, making our state safer and our prisons a place of restoration for the betterment of society.”

“Tom Clements will not be forgotten and his legacy of rehabilitation over punishment will endure within the State of Colorado. Nothing can match the shock and sorrow of Tom’s family, but the loss of a great leader like Tom will be felt by everyone in the state.”

— The Colorado 
Criminal Defense Bar

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