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Deaths in Custody Reporting Program: Arrest-Related Deaths, 2003-2009

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, event/transaction data, medical records
Creator
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Deaths in Custody Reporting Program Series
Publication Date
2016-01-29
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Language
English
Free Keywords
arrests; correctional facilities; corrections; death; homicide; suicide
Description
  • Abstract

    The Arrest-Related Deaths (ARD) program is an annual national census of persons who die either during the process of arrest or while in the custody of state or local law enforcement personnel. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) implemented the ARD program in 2003 as part of the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP). The DCRP was initiated to fulfill the data collection requirement of the Deaths in Custody Reporting Act of 2000 (DICRA, P.L. 106- 247). It collects in-depth information on deaths during arrest and incarceration, and it provides national-level information on the deaths of suspects and offenders from their initial contact with law enforcement personnel through the time they are incarcerated in a jail or prison. ARD data are collected to quantify and describe the circumstances surrounding civilian deaths that take place during an arrest or while in the custody of law enforcement. These data describe the prevalence and incidence of arrest-related deaths across the nation, identify the circumstances or activities that contribute to these deaths, and reveal trends in the causes and circumstances of these deaths in custody at national and state levels. These data can be used to inform specific policies that may increase the safety of law enforcement officers and citizens, identify training needs in law enforcement agencies, and assist in developing prevention strategies. The current ARD program relies on state reporting coordinators (SRCs) in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to identify and report on all eligible cases of arrest-related deaths. BJS compiles data from the states to produce national-level statistics on deaths that occur in the process of arrest by, or while in the custody of, state and local law enforcement personnel.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Standardized missing values.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 2003 / 2009
    Time period: 2003--2009
  • 2003 / 2009
    Collection date: 2003--2009
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Arrests related deaths of individuals reported by state and local law enforcement agencies from 2003 to 2009. Smallest Geographic Unit: state
Sampling
Individual-level death data are collected from the 50 state department of corrections in the United States.
Collection Mode
  • mail questionnaire, self-enumerated questionnaire

Availability
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One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36291 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2016-01-29 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2016-01-29

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (2016): Deaths in Custody Reporting Program: Arrest-Related Deaths, 2003-2009. Version 1. Deaths in Custody Reporting Program Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36291.v1