Deaths in Custody: Additional Action Needed to Help Ensure Data Collected by DOJ Are Utilized, Statement of Gretta L. Goodwin, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Testimony Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate [open pdf - 272KB]
From the Highlights: "According to DOJ, individuals incarcerated in prisons and jails are at higher risk of dying by suicide and homicide while in custody. DCRA [e Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013] was enacted in 2014 to encourage the study and reporting of deaths in custody. The act requires states receiving certain federal grants--as well as federal law enforcement agencies--to report information on deaths in custody to the DOJ. The act also requires DOJ to study these data and report its findings to Congress. This statement discusses (1) actions DOJ has taken to address the data collection and reporting requirements in DCRA, and (2) the extent to which DOJ has studied and used data collected from states to help reduce deaths in custody."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/