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AP-AK--Prison Death Investigations
Information on prisoner deaths expensive to get
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Department of Corrections official says a state agency is considering declassifying an unpublished regulation on investigating prisoner deaths.

Corrections deputy commissioner Sherrie Daigle told the reporters she only recently became aware of the regulation. But she said it could not be shared with the public now because the information could "threaten the safety and security of institutions." She did not say how.

Reporters requested copies of the Department of Corrections' internal investigation documents related to inmate deaths from 2000 to 2012. The idea was to look at how the department evaluates its performance in cases of prisoners dying while in state custody.

The paper was told it would cost more than $4,000 and take more than 100 hours to locate and copy the files.