SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state ethics officer has recommended firing two Illinois parole agents accused of leaking information about inmates who had been granted early release from prison.
However, both agents retired during the long-running investigation before the report was released.
The Office of the Executive Inspector General asserted that Daniel Reardon and James Crane improperly looked up information about the parolees, gave it to The Associated Press and later lied when questioned about the leaks.
The investigation was triggered by AP stories in late 2009 and early 2010 about "MGT Push," a program that quietly accelerated the process of granting time off for good behavior.
Reardon called the investigation a "witch hunt."
In its stories, the AP described its source as "a law enforcement official" familiar with state records.