Officials react to critical parole audit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A member of the Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee says an audit of the Board of Probation and Parole casts doubt on the effectiveness of parolee supervision.

A performance audit by the state comptroller's office showed at least 82 people parole officers said they checked on between January 2011 and May 2012 were, in fact, dead. One of them died more than 19 years ago.

Sen. Brian Kelsey, a Germantown Republican, said the audit makes him wonder how many live probationers are being supervised.

Comptroller Justin Wilson echoed the concern, telling The Tennessean ( ) the results made him anxious about the supervision of parolees living in people's communities.

The board responded, saying all personnel will be trained to better detect deceased offenders by the end of the year.

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