Unexpected Fatality at Jail Reviews

As required by Senate Bill Report - 3 - ESSB 5119, an unexpected fatality review must be conducted when a person confined in a Washington state jail dies unexpectedly. An unexpected fatality is defined as any death that was not the result of a diagnosed or documented terminal illness or condition where the death was anticipated. It includes the death of any person under the care and custody of the city or county department of corrections or chief local enforcement officer, regardless of where the death actually occurred.

DOH must post and maintain these reviews on a public website. These reports are subject to public disclosure and confidential information may be redacted.

If you have questions, please contact suicidepreventionplan@doh.wa.gov.