Former Corrections Commissioner Understands Gang Threat

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 4/04/2013 11:43 pm

There have been several murders or attempted murders on law enforcement officials since January 31.

Someone shot and killed a West Virginia Sheriff yesterday; Colorado’s Prison Chief was murdered in his home; someone shot two Texas Prosecutors; and someone tried to kill a District Attorney in Colorado.

Now officials are investigating to see if there is a connection between the crimes.

Dr. Allen Ault, a former Commissioner of Corrections and the Dean of the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University, understands the threat first hand.

“I cracked down on another gang, and that's when they put down a contract on my life,” Ault said.

For a few years, Ault and his family lived under the protection of State Police. It wasn’t until the gang leader – who called for Ault’s death – died that he didn’t have constant security.

“You don't go through life as a director with a lot of fear,” Ault said. “I mean you understand the risk involved.”

Ault was the Corrections Director in three different states and for five governors, including future President Jimmy Carter.

“Our war on crime is such a miserable failure, but it has spawned so much power of the crooks who sell it and that money has corrupted a lot of officials,” Ault said. “When some honest official comes in and starts cracking down, it creates a lot of waves and a lot of repercussions.”

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