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Mandatory Reporting of Abuse

Health care professionals are familiar with mandatory reporting of evidence of child abuse.

Is reporting of evidence of torture in prisons mandatory?

For example, if a prison social worker complains to officials that prisoners are being subjected to cruel treatment and debilitating solitary confinement, but the conditions are not corrected, would the social worker risk ethics complaints or loss of license if he or she did not report the abuse to outside authorities?

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Answer: Mandatory Reporting to Outside Authorities Not Currently Enforced

But there are bills* before state legislatures that mandate reporting prisoner abuse to an outside authority under penalty of loss of license. Such bills also provide whistleblower protection and impel professional licensing boards to enforce the mandatory reporting law.