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HARRISBURG (Aug. 15, 2019) – Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), is calling for an investigation of the state’s prison and parole systems.

The House Judiciary Committee chairman is asking Pennsylvania Inspector General Bruce Beemer to conduct a thorough investigation of the Department of Corrections (DOC) and Board of Probation and Parole following several recent murders by state parolees.

“Prisoners placed on parole have been deemed fit to go back into the public sector; however, some of these parolees have committed murder upon release,” said Kauffman.

“I am asking the inspector general to investigate the evaluation process these individuals undergo before given parole, as well as the mandates once on parole. Above all else, we need to ensure the public is safe from harmful individuals.”

Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin)

Kauffman, whose committee is considering possible reforms to the criminal justice system, said information from an investigation of the DOC and Board of Probation and Parole would enable the Legislature to better formulate meaningful improvements and safeguards.

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