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LAB audit identifies ways to cut costs in supervised sex offenders release program

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State auditors say tax dollars are being wasted, because the Health Services Department does not have written policies on renting houses for treated sex offenders.

The Legislative Audit Bureau said 33 offenders were on a supervised release program at the end of March, and the state was paying an average rent of $1,560 a month on 28 residences.

The number of offenders in the program rose by 22 percent between 2009 and last year, while the price tag jumped 33 percent in that time.

The audit also found that the health agency paid more for its contracts to transport sex offenders on supervised releases, than what the Corrections Department pays for similar services.

The auditors said the health department should cut costs by identifying companies willing to buy and lease places for the offenders to live.