24-1-27 Disposition of body of dead inmate--Notice to next of kin.
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.