Audit found that better data collection by the program can improve transparency and assessment of its success. The audit examines the period of October 4, 2013 through March 30, 2017.
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Audit Audit of the Worcester County District Attorney's Office (Middle District)
|Organization:||Office of the State Auditor|
|Date published:||March 23, 2018|
In accordance with Section 12 of Chapter 11 of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Office of the State Auditor has conducted a performance audit of the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office—Middle District (WCDA) for the period July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016. When reviewing the Young Adult Diversion Program, we extended our audit period to begin June 1, 2013. When reviewing the Victim/Witness Assistance Program, we extended our audit period to include the period October 4, 2013 through March 30, 2017.
In this performance audit, we examined WCDA’s activities related to the administration of its Young Adult Diversion Program, Victim/Witness Assistance Program, and Drug Forfeiture Community Reinvestment Program. Unlike the Victim/Witness Assistance Program and Drug Forfeiture Community Reinvestment Program, WCDA’s Young Adult Diversion Program is discretionary, is not governed by statute, and does not receive separate funding. Therefore our assessment of this program was based on its stated goals, national best practices, and general governmental operating standards.
Below is a summary of our findings and recommendations, with links to each page listed.
A PDF copy of the audit of the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office— Middle District is available here.
WCDA should consider establishing a process to assess the effectiveness of the Young Adult Diversion Program in reducing recidivism.
The Young Adult Diversion Program’s files did not have documentation that all participants completed all program requirements.
WCDA did not require most Young Adult Diversion Program participants to complete online education programs.
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