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Performance Audit of the Community Work Squad Program Administered by the Department of Corrections , Report No. 94-31, February 1995

  • The practice of taking inmates outside the prison to work in the community increases the risk that these inmates may escape and pose a threat to public safety. To reduce this risk, the Department has established guidelines that restrict the types of inmates allowed to participate in community work squads. However, weaknesses in the Department's efforts to train and certify the personnel from local governments and state agencies that provide unarmed supervision for these squads could compromise public safety.
  • The Department's Community Work Squad Program Manual sets forth several Program objectives, including reducing the cost of government; reducing inmate idleness; and vocational objectives such as teaching inmates favorable attitudes toward work and providing inmates with opportunities to use their abilities. The Department has not established adequate performance measures to enable it to determine how successfully the Program is achieving these objectives.

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