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State Audit Finds Lax Oversight of Sex Offenders

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An audit released Thursday by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli revealed that the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision isn’t properly monitoring some of the most dangerous sex offenders.

DiNapoli’s review found corrections officials in regional offices throughout the state aren’t complying with standards outlined in the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act. The law sets minimum standards for monthly contacts with sex offenders and routine curfew checks.

Parole officers are required to hold at least six face-to-face meetings each month with these offenders, including two home visits and two curfew checks, and six collateral contacts. They also must update digital photos of the offenders every 90 days or if there’s a notable change of appearance.

But DiNapoli’s office found that in 92 cases, parole officers didn’t meet the minimum for face-to-face contacts nearly a quarter of the time. Curfew checks weren’t performed in one-quarter of the 92 cases while the photo updates were completed on time in only 38 percent of cases.

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