Auditor: Same problems at Idaho parole commission

Idaho officials responsible for judging how well state agencies operate continue to pinpoint problems with the Commission of Pardons and Parole.

The Office of Performance Evaluation presented a follow-up report on the commission to lawmakers Wednesday.

In 2010, OPE auditors criticized the commission’s process for paroling state inmates, finding that delays in approving parole had cost the state nearly $7 million between January 2007 and September 2009. Last year, lawmakers requested a follow-up report.

This time, OPE auditors found little improvement at the commission.  Auditors say more than half of the offenders cases examined in the study were released late. Those delays were costly again, this time estimated at $7.2 million from January 2009 to April 2012.

Auditors attribute the problems to an inability to manage parole release data.  (AP)

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