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FAQs: Deaths in Custody Reporting Program

Why can't I find death counts for the current year?
It takes about 2 years to process death data because core data collection runs the full calendar yea...  Read More

Are homicide counts limited to homicides committed by other inmates or facility staff?
No. The total homicide count includes all types of intentional homicide and involuntary manslaughter...  Read More

Can I get more details about federal mortality statistics?
No. Unlike local jails and state prisons, federal agencies, including the Bureau of Prisons, were no...  Read More

What qualifies as custody of an inmate?
In the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP), custody refers to the physical holding of an inma...  Read More

What is the difference between jurisdiction and custody counts?
To have jurisdiction means that an entity has legal authority over a prisoner. To have custody of a ...  Read More

Why are data so difficult to compare over years?
Caution must be used when using trend data, as definitions and reporting capabilities change over ti...  Read More

Where can I find the data collections that are archived for public use?
Not all datasets are available for public use. We are actively working on mechanisms to ma...  Read More

What is the difference between jails and prisons?
Jails are locally-operated, short term facilities that hold inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or ...  Read More

Why do data take so long to collect and publish?
Data collections vary in scope, burden, and frequency of collection - (see individual data collectio...  Read More

Does the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) collect data on deaths in custody?
BJS' Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP) collects quarterly inmate death records from each of...  Read More


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