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Ex-community corrections officer says system is broken

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A teenager who Metro police said shot one of their officers Monday was already on probation for a variety of past crimes.

It looks to be yet another case of a criminal who is already supposed to be on supervision committing even more serious offenses, and it's nothing new.

According to a scathing state audit and a former Nashville community corrections officer, the state's probation and parole system is completely broken.

Consider that 82 people are still on probation even though they are dead. And at least 80 percent of offenders assigned to GPS tracking are not being monitored.

Ron Miller spent 13 years as a community corrections officer. He was fired for not filing a report correctly, but he said he was targeted for criticizing the system and suggesting that the officer be tougher on offenders.

"The attitude is a lot more pro-'do more for the offender,' and less popular is doing something to the offender. I think it's lost its purpose to supervise offenders," Miller said.

Miller said all an officer can do is go to the judge and ask for a warrant, but many times the officers just wait for the offender to get re-arrested, because it's easier.

Department of Corrections Commissioner Derrick Schofield has been asked by Gov. Bill Haslam to fix the probation and parole system in one year after Corrections took over Probation and Parole on July 1.

Schofield's first directive was to have every probation and parole officer make one face-to-face meeting with the offenders they supervise by Dec. 31.

But that was already supposed to be happening once a month.

"That's really not much, and they can't seem to handle that," Miller said. "There's not a whole lot of supervising going on."

As of Monday, there are 32,762 outstanding warrants in Davidson County alone.

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