In 2011, Tennessee probation and parole officers found Floyd Leroy Craig, a registered sex offender, living in a home where his wife was operating a day care, the Tennessean reports. Craig had been convicted of murdering his first wife in the 1970s and fondling a 12-year-old girl in 2004. He refused to go to sex offender treatment programs, skipped out on paying fees, and ignored orders to get a polygraph test.
Craig is an example of probation and parole officers’ ignoring sex offenders' repeat violations of their supervision rules. A blistering audit of the state parole and probation system this month cited other instances where officers ignored GPS alerts on sex offenders. Officers also fell behind on basic tasks like checking out the addresses offenders provided, visiting them at home, and making sure they were given drug tests. The task of supervising offenders on parole and probation was transferred from the Board of Parole to the Tennessee Department of Correction. Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield has begun a full investigation into the audit’s findings, including allegations parole officers claimed to be supervising felons who turned out to be dead.