The Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Inspector General Fred Schuknecht, is responsible for criminal and internal affairs investigations, operational reviews, internal audits and safety and risk management programs. These functions are carried out within the Bureau of State Investigations and the Bureau of Internal Audit.
The Bureau of State Investigations directs a network of state-certified inspectors who conduct criminal, administrative and internal affairs investigations at prisons, work release centers and other department facilities throughout the state. Criminal findings are presented to State Attorney's Offices for prosecution. Administrative and internal affairs investigations are referred to department management for appropriate follow-up action. The Bureau's Interdiction Unit conducts contraband interdiction operations at various field locations. The bureau also oversees a Safety and Risk Management Unit that conducts inspections and training to make job sites safer for staff, inmates and visitors.
The Bureau of Internal Audit oversees two distinct work units. The Operational Review Section coordinates reviews encompassing all major work functions at more than 100 field locations statewide. These reviews enhance accountability and compliance with executive, legislative and agency mandates affecting prisons, probation offices and work release centers. Review results are compiled in a central database, which provides an independent risk-based appraisal of department activities by conducting highly focused compliance and performance audits of selected systems and programs. Audits are conducted using standards published by the Institute of Internal Auditors.