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Computers Missing from Illinois Prisons

Aug 7, 2013

Illinois' auditor has found that the state's prison systems have lost 240 computers.

Auditor General Bill Holland's report shows the Department of Corrections is missing 156 computers, and the Department of Juvenile Justice can't locate 84 others. 

Holland called the losses problematic because it increases the risk of exposing confidential information.

Credit Rich Egger

However, Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer said it's likely the computers were properly disposed of. 

He said DOC believes a "human error" is at fault -- such as someone not filling out proper paperwork to document the computers' whereabouts.

“It's not speculation and it's not something we hope.  That's where the information is leading us to at this point.  Information that we're acquiring as we go through the inventory process with Central Management Services, which was one of the main recommendations by the Auditor General,” Shaer said. 

In June the auditor found more than 250 computers unaccounted for at Southern Illinois University. 

The state estimates the value of the missing SIU and prison computers is $639,000.