Commissioner changes parole checks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Correction says he's addressed problems found in a performance audit by the state comptroller's office.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Derrick Schofield talked about the audit that showed at least 82 people parole officers claimed they checked on were actually dead. He also discussed how his department is faring since it took responsibility for certain services in the Board of Parole.

The audit released in October found problems with parole checks that had been reported between January 2011 and May 2012.

Schofield says an internal investigation revealed no wrongdoing by staffers but uncovered problems with a faulty data entry process.

He says the department has since developed procedures for identification and removal of deceased offenders from supervision rosters.


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