City to audit LMDC over inmate release activity

Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Updated: Feb. 20, 2017 at 5:29 PM EST
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Corrections Director Mark Bolton (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Corrections Director Mark Bolton (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville Metro Department of Corrections will be the subject of an audit by the city into the release of inmates.

The review will cover a period of 13 months - from January 1, 2016 through February 1, 2017-  and will include "all court ordered inmate release activity."

LMDC director Mark Bolton was informed of the audit by letter, which states in part, "The objective of the review is to determine the quantity of inmates released during the review period and to verify that the date of each release was in accordance with the corresponding court order."

The audit will also look at "the financial impact of any erroneous release activity..."

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On January 26, Bolton and four other members of his team were called to appear before Jefferson District Court Judge Stephanie Burke after she issued a show cause order as to why they should not be held in contempt of court. Burke's order outlined a number of cases about inmates who the court ordered to be placed into the Home Incarceration Program but were kept in jail instead, or inmates who should have been in custody but were released.

Burke also said that inmates scheduled for court appearances were not being brought from LMDC to the jail.

The review will be conducted by the Office of Internal Audit. In a statement to WAVE 3 News, LMDC Assistant Director Steve Durham said, "Louisville Metro Department of Corrections looks forward to working with the Auditor."

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