Darneille bill requiring investigation of in-custody deaths signed into law

  OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation today that requires a fatality review following any unexpected death in a Washington jail or prison. Senate Bill 5119, sponsored by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma), requires prisons and local jails across Washington to conduct a fatality review any time an individual who is incarcerated dies unexpectedly or when the Office of Corrections Ombuds flags a case for review. The new law establishes a process for convening a fatality review, including a requirement that the team carrying out the review be made up of people with specific expertise and no involvement in the case. These reviews will be used to develop recommendations for changes in policies and practices to prevent deaths and strengthen health and ...

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