State prison system found replete with errors when calculating inmates’ time-served

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — The Louisiana Department of Corrections is under scrutiny after a state audit reveals inconsistencies when tracking inmate release dates.

Auditors looked at 40 instances of sentence computation where time-served by an inmate was calculated. Five of those were wrongly computed.

Twenty-one of the 40 lacked evidence that a second person reviewed the calculation, which is a policy of the oversight agency.

Auditors said the errors can lead to miscalculations when determining an inmate’s parole eligibility. When an inmate stays incarcerated for a longer than required period of time, the state, and ultimately taxpayers, must cover the cost of care.

A spokesperson for the Department of Corrections, Ken Pastorick, said there are about 60,000 sentence computations processed annually.

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