Board of Parole audit finds dead parolees listed alive in record

Board of Parole audit finds dead parolees listed alive in state records

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - State officials found serious oversights by workers at the Tennessee Board of Parole in their supervision of parolees.

In a report released Monday by the State Comptroller, officials found a number of issues, including dozens of dead parolees listed as living in state records.

The audit found annual arrest checks were completed on behalf of 82 parolees who had been dead for anywhere from less than six months to more than 19 years.

Some officers also falsely documented that they had been in contact with offenders after they had died.

The audit also noted that many files managed by probation and parole officers were not in compliance with state requirements and were not regularly reviewed by management.

In some cases, officers failed to complete or document their attempts to complete all of the required face-to-face contacts with parolees.  In other cases, officers did not perform required home visits of regular offenders.

The audit also found some sex offenders tracked by GPS equipment had not been properly monitored.

"Inadequate supervision of offenders results in increased public risks and jeopardizes public safety," Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said in a press release.  "If parole officers are supervising dead people, this is a waste of taxpayer dollars and makes us wonder about the supervision of parolees living in our communities."

Auditors also found a number of other issues with the Board of Parole's operations, including questionable practices for providing notice of hearing decisions and upcoming board meetings.  

To view the Comptroller's full report, click here.

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