Tennessee's top correction official ordered a top-down investigation of the state's parole system, a day after lawmakers upbraided the parole agency and one of its top administrators resigned, The Tennessean reports. “This is about accountability and our commitment to the public. We want the citizens of Tennessee to have full confidence in our ability to supervise offenders,” Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield said. “We will continue to work diligently to ensure we will not compromise public safety when it comes to the supervision of felony offenders.”
The call comes after a blistering audit said the Board of Parole was actively supervising at least 82 dead felons, failed to properly supervise live felons, and failed to enact checks and balances while overseeing state convicts. Legislators held a hearing on the audit, criticizing parole officials for not having two employees arrested for falsifying records on the dead felons. Gary Tullock, assistant commissioner for community supervision, bore the brunt of the lawmakers' ire for not being able to explain the failures. Tullock, a 40-year veteran of the parole agency, resigned after the hearing.