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Lawmakers want answers from parole board

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NASHVILLE, TN. (WRCB) -- An 83-page audit of the Tennessee State Parole Board paints a messy picture.

It cites issues ranging from parole officers not checking on offenders at all, to them checking on 82 dead offenders.

A state auditor says the yearly report raises many red flags.

Deborah Loveless with the Comptroller's Office says, "A few parole officers actually had fabricated contact with offenders who were deceased."

According to the audit, only eight of 70 GPS-monitored offenders and more than half of 120 regular offenders had proper paperwork file.

On several occasions Loveless says parole officers didn't check in with offenders, yet, signed paper work as if they had.

For example, an officer put information in the system 19 days after a parolee died. 

"Parole officers are not supervising their cases as they should every year and recording their contacts," Loveless says.

The audit also makes mention of the state offender system itself named TOMIS.

Auditors found 30 instances where the address in TOMIS did not match the address in the offender's file.

The Comptrollers Office says they have sent recommendations to the parole board that could help stop wasting taxpayer's money.

Loveless says, "They need to improve their procedures and follow the procedures they have established."

Channel 3 wanted to know what happened to the employees who did not follow the rules.

We're told that decision will come after the board meets with lawmakers Wednesday.

The parole office did address many of the findings, saying it does have an action plan in place.

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