TN Parole Board Problems Were Uncovered in Previous Audits


While some Tennessee parole officials were “supervising” dead offenders, violent sex offender Adrian Henry was flunking drug tests, missing parole officer visits, and skipping out on payments to the state for his supervision with few consequences, The Tennessean reports. On Aug. 12, 2010, he beat and strangled Saret Vit, a 22-year-old Middle Tennessee State University graduate he briefly dated. He set fire to her corpse on a Nashville roadside.

Henry, 28, is serving 40 years in prison. Vit’s relatives are left wondering how the state's parole system, tasked with keeping citizens safe from dangerous felons such as Henry, had fallen so far as to be supervising felons who had been dead for up to 19 years. “That's just unbelievable,'' said Sarong Vit, 30, Saret Vit's sister. “What is wrong with Tennessee and this department? We're not really meeting our principles of justice.” While a new audit accused the Tennessee Board of Parole of keeping dead felons under active supervision, audits in 2001 and 2006 uncovered problems in which felons weren't being subjected to face-to-face visits, home visits, and arrest checks they were supposed to undergo.

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