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Audit finds Louisiana prisons can't track inmates accurately

6 years 6 months 6 days ago Monday, November 13 2017 Nov 13, 2017 November 13, 2017 8:36 AM November 13, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: WBRZ Staff
Photo: WWL

BATON ROUGE- According to a report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, the Louisiana Department of Corrections is not properly tracking inmate locations and release dates.

WWL-TV reports that part of the issues is that the department of corrections uses "antiquated" data management software.

The report by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor found other issues as well:

-The department may lose track of inmates for weeks at a time, especially if they're housed as state inmates in parish jails.

-Data about individual inmates often is missing, incomplete or wrong.

-Department staff sometimes calculate inmate release dates differently.

"Successful reform is dependent on having accurate and complete information on Louisiana's offender population," the audit report says. "DOC does not have adequate policies and procedures to manage offenders."

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