BOSTON (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Parole Board failed to collect supervision fees from convicted criminals hoping to re-enter society, according to a new state audit.
The Parole Board has policies in place to collect these supervision fees, but no way of checking whether employees followed-up on missed payments. The state audit was conducted between July 2013 and December 2015, and examined dozens of convicted criminals under the Massachusetts parole system. The auditor looked at 70 parolees, and found that 44 of them either made partial payments, or didn’t pay the required supervision fees at all.
Overall, the board failed to collect more than $193,000 during fiscal year 2015. These monthly fees help the Parole Board cover the overall cost of operation, and ensure the supervision of parolees.
State Auditor Suzanne Bump’s office sent 22News the following statement:
“When fees are collected inconsistently, as was found by this audit, it creates confusion and ultimately is a disservice to those seeking to re-enter society.”
The Parole Board said that they will begin making it a priority for supervisors to collect fees, and possibly waive these costs temporarily for new parolees.