WASHINGTON , April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released Assessing Inmate Cause of Death: Deaths in Custody Reporting Program and National Death Index, which provides a technical review of the coverage and quality of inmate cause of death data collected under BJS's Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP).
Records of inmates who died in jail and prison from 2007 to 2010 were matched to the National Death Index (NDI). This report examines match rates, compares underlying cause of death, and assesses sources of disagreement between the DCRP and NDI.
TITLE: Assessing Inmate Cause of Death: Deaths in Custody Reporting Program and National Death Index (NCJ 249568)
AUTHORS: Zhen Zang, Ph.D., Margaret Noonan, and E. Ann Carson, Ph.D., BJS Statisticians
Ingrid Binswanger, M.D., BJS Visiting Fellow
Patrick Blatchford, Ph.D., Colorado School of Public Health
Hope Smiley-McDonald, Ph.D., and Chris Ellis, RTI International
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has six components: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. More information about OJP can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.
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SOURCE Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs