Some Idaho Parolees Slip Through Monitoring Crack

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A gap in state law allows hundreds of former Idaho prison inmates to leave the state and disappear amid the correction systems, law enforcement agencies and courthouses of other states, the Statesman reports.

Two Idaho government agencies–the Department of Correction and the Commission of Pardons and Parole–disagree over who is responsible for monitoring the out-of-state parolees.

The state Commission of Pardons and Parole has taken on the responsibility for tracking those parolees, even though it doesn´t have the legal authority to do so. According to the Idaho Constitution, the Department of Correction is supposed to supervise prison inmates, parolees and felony probationers.

But a separate 1937 state law, part of a multi-state agreement, stipulates that Idaho parolees should be supervised by local parole officers in the state to which they move.

That isn’t working, and an Idaho official called the system “irresponsible.”


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