BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections did not always know where offenders placed in work release programs were located, according to an audit.
The audit revealed that the Department of Corrections did not always know if an offender was transferred to another work release facility or back to local jails. The audit also says there were also 254 escapes from work release facilities during 2014 and 2015.
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor also says that almost half of the work release positions in the program were not filled, costing Louisiana an additional $7 million in missed savings.
The auditor also says providers failed to collect victim restitution money to a tune of $5 million. Overall, the report says work release does save the state money, but not as much as it could if it was run correctly. Auditors suggest more oversight by the Department of Corrections over the providers that run work release.
The full audit with additional information can be found by clicking this link.