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Audit finds Corrections Department not checking on convicts

May 3, 2006
By: Josh Kranzberg
State Capital Bureau

An audit of the Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole Management found disturbing results. Josh Kranzberg has more from the state Capitol.

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Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill discovered compliance rates of less than 75 percent in her audit of the Corrections Department. One of the most alarming statistics is only 37 percent of home visits of criminals are completed. McCaskill says the blame falls squarely on the department.

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Contents: "This report indicates that the department is failing in a very meaningful way to not adequately monitor the people that are supposed to be abiding by the law and following the rules."

McCaskill says part of the problem is the Department of Corrections has been consistently undermanned. From Jefferson City, I'm Josh Kranzberg.

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Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill discovered the Corrections Department has done an inadequate job of supervising criminals. Josh Kranzberg has more from the state Capitol.

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McCaskill recently completed an audit of the Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole Management. The report shows field officers are not contacting convicts as often as they should. McCaskill says one convict sentenced to 25 years for murder caught her eye.

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Contents: "We found that none of the required home visits had been made. If we're not making any home visits on the murderers, what does that say about how well this system is being managed, and how safe we truly are."

The Corrections Department agrees with the report. However, they say the report, which surveyed 60 out of 60,000 cases, isn't a large enough sample size. But McCaskill is confident if the survey was expanded, the same results would occur. From Jefferson City, I'm Josh Kranzberg.