A state audit found money that was supposed to be kept in the custody of the Department of Corrections and used on inmates behalf was actually going directly to an inmate, and in another case, an inmates community-corrections officer.
The audit out today from Auditor Troy Kelleys office doesnt allege any money was diverted to wrongful uses. But it does identify violations of state laws that require money to be handled through a special inmate bank account.
The money is for the education of prisoners with mental illness or developmental disabilities who are staying in halfway houses while on work-release. They stay at the Rap House or Lincoln House, both on South Yakima Street in Tacoma.