New protocol for agency that sent death reports to nowhere

New York's oversight agency for the disabled in state care says it updated email lists following an Associated Press story that a district attorney didn't receive nine reports of suspicious deaths sent over the past three years.

The Justice Center said Friday that it has established a more robust protocol that requires notifications to be sent directly to each district attorney and one designee, followed by phone calls to ensure they were received.

The Suffolk County district attorney's office says it found after the AP investigation that notifications of nine deaths with suspected abuse and neglect were sent to the dormant private email address of an assistant prosecutor.

None of the deaths have led to criminal prosecutions, though Suffolk County police say they are now taking another look at one.