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Deaths in Custody Reporting Program: State Prisons 2001 - 2009 (ICPSR 34277)

Alternate Title:  DCRP

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The Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP) is an annual data collection conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The DCRP began in 2000 under the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-297). It is the only national statistical collection that obtains detailed information about deaths in adult correctional facilities. The DCRP collects data on persons dying in state prisons, local jails and in the process of arrest. Each collection is a separate subcollection, but each is under the umbrella of the DCRP collection. This deals with the prison subcollection, which has a prison death file.

The prison portion of the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program began in 2001 after the passage of the Deaths in Custody Reporting Act of 2000 in October of 2000. The prison component of the DCRP collects data on inmate deaths occurring in the 50 state departments of corrections while inmates are in the physical custody of prison officials.

Series: Deaths in Custody Reporting Program Series

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Deaths in Custody Reporting Program: State Prisons 2001 - 2009. ICPSR34277-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-07-31. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34277.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   correctional facilities, corrections, death, homicide, suicide

Smallest Geographic Unit:   state

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 2001--2009

Date of Collection:  

  • 2001--2009

Unit of Observation:   individuals

Universe:   Deaths of individuals incarcerated in state prisons

Data Types:   administrative records data, event/transaction data, medical records

Methodology

Sample:   Individual-level death data are collected from the 50 state department of corrections in the United States.

Mode of Data Collection:   paper and pencil interview (PAPI)

Data Source:

State departments of corrections

Extent of Processing:  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.

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