24-1-27. Disposition of body of dead inmate--Notice to next of kin. Upon notification of the death of any inmate who has not been released on parole or suspended sentence, an official of the penitentiary shall contact the county coroner who shall proceed in accordance with the provisions of chapter 23-14. An official of the penitentiary shall also attempt to contact the person designated by the inmate prior to death or the next of kin, if known, and offer the body to be delivered to such person at that person's expense. If attempts to contact such persons fail or if the offer of delivery is declined, the warden, after forty-eight hours, shall make arrangements for the disposition of the body.
Source: SDC 1939, § 13.4725; SL 1989, ch 20, § 78.