Confidentiality and Protection from Retaliation

Confidentiality

Information reported to the Office of the Inspector General is confidential. Identifying information, and any personal papers or correspondence from any person reporting information to the Inspector General, shall not be disclosed. Exceptions are that the information is released in confidence to the Governor, the Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Chief Deputy Secretary or Chairperson of the correctional entity being investigated, or to law enforcement authorities for appropriate action. Names and other information may also be released in those cases where the Inspector General determines it is necessary in the interests of justice, or in response to a court order or if the case is referred to another agency for an internal affairs investigation.

Protection from Retaliation

State law provides penalties for those who retaliate against anyone reporting misconduct to the Office of the Inspector General. If you experience retaliation, you may report the incident to the Office of the Inspector General. The Inspector General is required by law to investigate retaliation complaints. Be advised, however, that the Office of the Inspector General does not have the resources to physically protect complainants from retaliatory acts.