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(a) Policy. The Department of Correction shall establish policies and procedures to insure that in the case of an inmate's death, prompt notification is made to family and appropriate officials and with the Health Authority shall insure that a thorough and timely review of the death is conducted.
(b) Notification. In the event of an inmate death, the Department of Correction shall notify the Medical Examiner's Office and the inmate's next of kin immediately.
(1) A postmortem examination shall be performed promptly whenever an inmate dies in the custody of the Department of Correction. A copy of the report will be sent to the Board of Correction.
(2) The Board of Correction shall conduct an investigation of inmate deaths including the review of all medical records of the deceased. Appropriate reviews will be discussed by the Prison Death Review Board that the Board of Correction will staff and the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety's Office will convene. The Prison Death Review Board will meet on an as needed basis and will include representatives from the Mayor's office, the Health Authority, the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services, the Health and Hospitals Corporation, the Department of Correction, the Board of Correction and other health care providers involved in the care of the deceased.
(3) Nothing in this section substitutes for the reviews that must be conducted of every death by the Health Authority and the Department of Correction.