☰ Revisor of Missouri

Title XIII CORRECTIONAL AND PENAL INSTITUTIONS

Chapter 217

Effective - 28 Aug 1995, 2 histories bottom

  217.410.  Abuse of offender, duty to report, penalty — confidentiality of report, immunity from liability — harassment prohibited. — 1.  When any employee of the department has reasonable cause to believe that an offender in a correctional center operated or funded by the department has been abused, he shall immediately report it in writing to the director.

  2.  The written report shall contain the name and address of the correctional center; the name of the offender; information regarding the nature of the abuse; the name of the complainant; and any other information which might be helpful in an investigation.

  3.  Any person required by subsection 1 of this section to report or cause a report to be made, but who fails to do so within a reasonable time after the act of abuse or neglect is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

  4.  In addition to those persons required to report under subsection 1 of this section, any other person having reasonable cause to believe that an offender has been abused may report such information to the director.

  5.  Upon receipt of a report, the department shall initiate an investigation within twenty-four hours.

  6.  If the investigation indicates possible abuse of an offender, the investigator shall refer the complaint, together with his report, to the director for appropriate action.

  7.  Reports made pursuant to this section shall be confidential and shall not be deemed a public record and shall not be subject to the provisions of section 109.180 or chapter 610.

  8.  Anyone who makes a report pursuant to this section or who testifies in any administrative or judicial proceeding arising from the report shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability for making such a report or for testifying, except for liability for perjury, unless such person acted in bad faith or with malicious purpose.

  9.  Within five working days after a report required to be made under subsection 1 of this section is received, the person making the report shall be notified in writing of its receipt and of the initiation of the investigation.

  10.  No person who directs or exercises any authority in a correctional center operated or funded by the department shall harass, dismiss or retaliate against an offender or employee because he or any member of his family has made a report of any violation or suspected violation of laws, ordinances or regulations applying to the correctional center which he has reasonable cause to believe has been committed or has occurred.

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(L. 1982 H.B. 1196 § 27, A.L. 1989 H.B. 408, A.L. 1995 H.B. 424)


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