Department of Correctional Services

Inspector General's Office

The Inspector General's Office (Office) within the Department of Correctional Services tracks down inmates who have absconded and investigates wrong- doing in State prisons. The Office is independent of the New York State Inspector General's Office. We examined the Office's system of internal controls and identified a number of significant weaknesses. For example, the Office's systems to monitor daily operations are not adequate, and there are few written policies and procedures relating to the unique aspects of Office operations. As a result of these internal control weaknesses, Office practices are less likely to be efficient and less likely to comply with the rules governing the conduct of State employees. In the course of our examination, we identified numerous instances in which Office investigators may have been paid for time they did not work, as well as instances in which State equipment and other resources were used for personal purposes. We recommend the internal controls over Office operations be significantly strengthened.

For a complete copy of Report 96-S-58 click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.
For a copy of the associated follow-up report click here.