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Apr 12, 2014 2:49 PM by AP

State opens probe of work release program

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The state inspector general's office has opened an investigation into Northshore Workforce LLC, a privately run work-release program that was shut down by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain in March.

Inspector General Stephen Street confirmed the probe, but would not offer further comment, The New Orleans Advocate reports.

The operation had been the subject of an investigative report by The New Orleans Advocate and WWL-TV.

Under state law, the inspector general has jurisdiction over executive-branch contracts and subcontracts, such as Northshore Workforce's deal with Strain's office to manage inmates in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

The Sheriff's Office contracted with Northshore Workforce in 2008 to run its transitional work-release program in Covington under a deal Strain awarded without competitive bidding.

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Photo Courtesy: WWLTV

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