State audit finds parole officers performed numerous 'checks' on dead parolees

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 5:42pm

An audit by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s office released Monday found that the state’s Board of Parole conducted arrest checks on more than 80 parolees who were deceased.

In addition, the audit states that Board of Parole officers indicated that they had made contact with the dead individuals.

According to the study, checks were done on parolees who had been dead for less than two months and up to 19 years. Comptroller employees were able to do a simple Google search to crosscheck Social Security numbers to obtain confirmation of the deaths.

“While 82 is a small number compared to the over 60,000 offenders monitored each year, the board (and now the Department of Correction) should consider regularly comparing offender information to either state or social security administration death records,” the audit states.

The audit also found inadequacies in parole officer supervision, the lack of a department disaster recovery plan and noncompliance with open meetings laws.

The Board of Parole was made part of the Tennessee Department of Corrections in July.

12 Comments on this post:

By: Ask01 on 10/2/12 at 6:54

I guess monitoring dead parolees is safer than live, potentially dangerous ones.

By: FaceBook:Emmett... on 10/2/12 at 8:23

Maybe they needed to get them registered to vote Democrat?

By: budlight on 10/2/12 at 8:34

They are probably already voting - early - as we speak. Good grief! Fire these people who are doing this stuff. It's costing taxpayers money. And maybe the people doing it are dead so that is why they can relate to the dead people on parole!

By: budlight on 10/2/12 at 8:36

60,000 parolees checked per year. If these people work 365 days a year, they have to touch base with 164 of them per day. How many parole officers do we have on the payroll? How do they manage these people? Good grief. Lawlessness is getting out of control!

By: artsmart on 10/2/12 at 9:50

FB Emmett I can assure you the dead ones are voting in Chicago and often.

By: G.Scout on 10/2/12 at 11:13

There are only 14 true parole officers in Nashville. They are required to monitor over 100 parolees per officer. You do the math.

By: bfra on 10/2/12 at 3:30

Every parole officer that turned in a report on a dead person should be fired. Jobs are needed & that would free up jobs for people that would do the job correctly.

By: Ask01 on 10/2/12 at 4:13

With so few P.O.s available, one would think they would be more diligent to maximize their time and efficiency.

Oh, wait, I forgot, Mayor Dean raised taxes so they're only spending public money.

By: GUARDIAN on 10/3/12 at 9:52

All are registered to vote democrats...lol...I had to laugh because everyone knows it's the truth.

By: wasaw on 10/4/12 at 9:34

The importance of this information is clear. If tennessee parole officers are lying about checking on the dead, a strong assumption can be made that they're also lying about making visits to the living; and they are the parolees that we are most concerned about. With the Tennessee repeat offender rate so high, it’s important that our parole officers do their jobs.

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