Session: 2021-2022

ACLU-PA Position: Supports

SB 1040 would amend the Crime Victims Act to provide better notification to surviving family members of a murder victim. The bill would require law enforcement to make reasonable efforts to ensure the victim's next-of-kin has been notified of the death before publicly releasing the murder victim's identity, except when identifying the victim before then is necessary to the investigation of the crime or prosecution of the perpetrator. However, medical personnel would be prohibited from releasing the victim's identity within 24-hours from when the next-of-kin was notified of the death by either medical personnel or law enforcement.

Sponsors

Senator Pat Browne

Status

Passed Senate

Session

2021 - 2022

Bill number

Position

Support