(1) As used in this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
“Offense against the person” means any of the offenses described in chapter 707 and includes any attempt to commit any of those offenses.
“Prisoner” means a person who has been convicted of an offense against the person.
“Surviving immediate family member” means a person who is a surviving grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse or reciprocal beneficiary, child, or legal guardian of a deceased victim.
“Victim” means the person who was the victim of the offense against the person for which the prisoner was convicted.
(2) Upon written request, the department of public safety shall give notice of the escape of a prisoner, immediately following the escape, by the most reasonable and expedient means available, to each victim or a surviving immediate family member of the victim, through the victim witness assistance program in the county where the crime was committed.
(3) Neither the failure of any state officer or employee to carry out the requirements of this section nor compliance with it shall subject the State, the officer, or employee to liability in any civil action. However, such failure may provide a basis for such disciplinary action as may be deemed appropriate by a competent authority.
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