Audit: Agency falls short on inmate complaints, inspections

January 19, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State auditors say the agency in charge of inspecting the hundreds of prisons, jails and police lock-ups across New York doesn’t analyze inmate complaints that could indicate whether there are problems.

The audit released Friday by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli also found that the state Commission of Correction isn’t routinely inspecting the state’s 54 prisons.

The commission is the oversight agency for all 561 state prisons, county jails, local police lock-ups and secure centers operated by the state Office of Children and Family Services.

DiNapoli says the agency doesn’t adequately monitor what’s happening in state prisons and needs to improve its tracking of data to identify patterns or trends that merit attention.

The commission says it’s making improvements in tracking inmate complaints but isn’t responsible for routine state prison inspections.

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