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1. The board shall have the following functions, powers and duties:
(a) Investigate and review the cause and circumstances surrounding the death of any inmate of a correctional facility.
(b) Visit and inspect any correctional facility wherein an inmate has died.
(c) Cause the body of the deceased to undergo such examinations, including an autopsy, as in the opinion of the board, are necessary to determine the cause of death, irrespective of whether any such examination or autopsy shall have previously been performed.
(d) Upon review of the cause of death and circumstances surrounding the death of any inmate, the board shall submit its report thereon to the commission and, where appropriate, make recommendations to prevent the recurrence of such deaths to the commission and the administrator of the appropriate correctional facility.
(e) (i) Investigate and report to the commission on the condition of systems for the delivery of medical care to inmates of correctional facilities and where appropriate recommend such changes as it shall deem necessary and proper to improve the quality and availability of such medical care.
(ii) The board shall be responsive to inquiries from the next of kin and other person designated as a representative of any inmate whose death takes place during custody in a state correctional facility regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of such inmate. Contact information for the next of kin and designated representative shall be provided by the department to the board from the emergency contact information previously provided by the inmate to the department.
2. Every administrator of a correctional facility shall immediately report to the board the death of an inmate of any such facility in such manner and form as the board shall prescribe, together with an autopsy report.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - New York Consolidated Laws, Correction Law - COR § 47. Functions, powers and duties of the board - last updated January 01, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ny/correction-law/cor-sect-47.html
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