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BJS RELEASES ARREST-RELATED DEATHS PROGRAM: PILOT STUDY OF REDESIGNED SURVEY METHODOLOGY
WASHINGTON— The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Arrest-Related Deaths Program: Pilot Study of Redesigned Survey Methodology, which presents the methodology and findings from a pilot study that used a combination of open-source news searches and a survey of law enforcement agencies and medical examiners’ and coroners’ offices to identify deaths that occurred in the process of arrest by law enforcement officials. It does not provide national estimates. The pilot study collected data on the manner and cause of death, decedent characteristics and incident characteristics, including actions taken by law enforcement officers and decedents. Survey data were collected from June 1 to August 31, 2015. Findings indicate that the open-source methodology alone identifies the majority of law enforcement homicides, but agency surveys aid in identifying deaths by other causes (e.g., accidents, suicides and natural causes).
TITLE: Arrest-Related Deaths Program: Pilot Study of Redesigned Survey Methodology (NCJ 252675)
AUTHOR: BJS statisticians Connor Brooks, Kevin M. Scott, and Anthony Whyde (former)
The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating reliable statistics on crime and criminal justice in the United States. Jeffrey H. Anderson is the director.