[§353L-7]  Studies and investigations; procedures.  (a)  The oversight coordinator shall conduct an ongoing study and investigation of the correctional system for the following purposes:

     (1)  To ascertain any provisions in this chapter or rules adopted pursuant to this chapter through which any abuses in the administration and operation of the correctional system or any evasion of this chapter or its rules may arise or be practiced;

     (2)  To formulate recommendations for changes to this chapter; and

     (3)  To ensure that this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter are formalized and are administered to serve the true purposes of this chapter.

     (b)  The oversight coordinator shall conduct an ongoing study and investigation of the operation and the administration of correctional system laws in effect in other states or countries, any literature on the subject that may be published or available, any federal laws that may affect the operation of the correctional system, and the reaction of residents to existing and potential features of the correctional system in order to recommend or effect changes that will tend to serve the purposes of this chapter.

     (c)  In an investigation, the oversight coordinator may make inquiries and obtain information as the oversight coordinator thinks fit, enter without notice to inspect the premises of an agency or correctional facility, and hold private hearings in accordance with chapter 91.

     (d)  The oversight coordinator shall be required to maintain confidentiality in respect to all matters and the identities of the complainants or witnesses coming before the oversight coordinator except so far as disclosures may be necessary to enable the oversight coordinator to carry out the oversight coordinator's duties and to support the oversight coordinator's recommendations. [L 2019, c 179, pt of §2]