Allegations spark Department of Corrections audit proposal

Posted: Friday, May 09, 2008

Two Anchorage lawmakers say the Legislature needs to audit the state's Department of Corrections.

Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, and Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, have asked the state's Legislative Budget and Audit Committee to authorize the audit.

The two lawmakers say allegations of unhealthy and unsafe conditions for inmates and corrections officers drove their concern.

This development was first reported by KTVA-CBS 11.

The Legislature's budget and audit committee meets next Wednesday to vote on the audit request.

The request comes a few weeks after a vote by the corrections officers union in which a majority registered disapproval of Commissioner Joe Schmidt's leadership.

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