Corrections probe is needed

We don't want to let the Legislature get out of town without complimenting the Senate's decision to launch a probe into problems documented and alleged at the Department of Corrections.

Not because we're convinced that the department is badly run or among the worst run in the state -- we don't know whether the former is true and we seriously doubt that the latter is -- but simply because this is one of those all-too-rare instances of our Legislature attempting to perform the oversight function that a legislature is supposed to perform. ...

It's a shame that Senate Corrections Chairman Mike Fair's decision to try to get to the bottom of claims about the prison agency was such major news. The idea of a legislative committee actually holding hearings to take sworn testimony about problems at an executive agency should be a run-of-the-mill sort of thing. That's an essential component of legislative oversight of the executive.