No wonder we couldn’t get the records we were seeking from the Bexar County Probation Department, no one could f'ing understand them!
Over the past few months, we've written a bit about problems in the department’s contract with its pee-testers at Treatment Associates (under investigation by the state Attorney General for dumping client records in a public dumpster) and its own administration (under threat of lawsuit for jailing clients for very likely erroneous urine analysis results by TA).
But assembling the paper trail to substantiate a broader range of allegations made by former and current probation officers with deep grievances with the department has been a tougher undertaking.
First, we were informed Probation is not actually a county department and does not have to provide documents through the District Attorneys office. Our mistake. (There were avenues to explore here, but we really didn’t feel like spending thousands of dollars to create a computer program to search out more wronged probationers or dedicate the next six months of our life to searching records court by court. Hey! We’re a small paper.)
Then, when we refiled our request with the state it appeared that so many exemptions to state Open Record law that we weren’t going to be in much better position.
So we have contented ourselves to gradually pull on the state audits, the most recent of which fell into our paws this morning. And, yes, like the headline says, it appears there are problems beyond our as-yet limited accounting.
An audit performed last year, Bexar County Supervision Department Revocation Compliance Review, was published on December 31 and released to the San Antonio Current today.
Now, we blogged some earlier audits for the recent Year in Review ish, letting you know that:
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