The Rev. Leon Kelly, an antigang advocate who works to keep parolees from returning to prison, said Mr. Clements had embraced programs intended to prevent recidivism. Mr. Clements charmed Mr. Kelly’s 84-year-old mother so much that she put a photograph of him and her son on her dresser.
“He knew the job that needed to be done,” Mr. Kelly said. “He just jumped in with both feet hitting the ground.”