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December 17, 2013
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Prison system works on autopsy rules for inmates

Lawmakers last session approved legislation designed to ensure autopsies are performed on inmates who die unattended in the prison system. Groups have maintained the bill mandates an autopsy unless the next of kin says no within 72 hours. But there have been charges the system is not following through — especially in the case of a Las Vegas inmate discovered in his cell at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the body of inmate Richard Ferst has been in a funeral home in Carson City for two months awaiting an autopsy. His mother says it …

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