State News

Auditor’s report finds fault with prisoner housing program

By Morgan True,

The Department of Corrections is not properly tracking transitional housing services delivered by community partners and is not adequately measuring how those services help released inmates reintegrate into the community, a state auditor’s report shows.

DOC’s transitional housing program provides grants to 25 organizations statewide that offer temporary housing and support services to inmates who need greater assistance upon release.

Between 2009 and 2013, the number of offenders the program served grew 59 percent, from 627 to 996, and its costs increased 157 percent, from $2.3 million to $5.9 million, over the same period, according to the report.

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