Reports of in-custody death investigations would be disclosed under proposed bill

A measure that would require agencies, charged with investigating incidents where prison and jail inmates die while in custody, to publicly disclose the reports of their findings was introduced this week.

The bill, SB 622 by Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles), would require the Department of Justice to make the reports of its findings public as well as the formal response of the entity that was responsible for the civil detention of the deceased individual.

The bill would also specify that all records relating to the investigation of the death or significant threat to the life or safety of an individual who is in civil detention shall be subject to the California Public Records Act.