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On October 1, 2019, FDLE’s Office of Criminal Justice Grants (OCJG) began collecting data regarding in-custody deaths, in accordance with the Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA), which requires states and federal law enforcement agencies to report certain information to the Attorney General regarding the death of any person during interactions with law enforcement officers or while in custody. For the purposes of this requirement, a reportable death is any death – including deaths attributed to suicide, accident, or natural causes – that occurred during interactions with law enforcement personnel or while the decedent was in custody, under supervision or under the jurisdiction of a state or local law enforcement or correctional agency, such as a jail or prison.
 
Each quarter, state and local law enforcement and correctional agencies should submit the Death in Custody Questionnaire identifying all reportable deaths occurring in their jurisdictions during the reporting period. Information to be provided will include:

  • The decedent’s first, middle, and last name, gender, race, ethnicity, and year of birth
  • The date, time, and location of the death
  • Type of facility in which the death occurred
  • Date of facility admission/arrest
  • The law enforcement or correctional agency involved
  • Manner of death
  • Brief description of circumstances of death

We recognize that all of the requested information may not be available at the time of reporting.  Please provide as much information as possible for each reported death.
 

Death in Custody
Questionnaire

 

One questionnaire should be filled out per a reportable death in custody. All completed questionnaires for the quarter should be submitted no later than 15 days after the end of the reporting period to criminaljustice@fdle.state.fl.us.  State and local law enforcement and correctional agencies do NOT need to submit a completed Death in Custody Questionnaire if no reportable deaths occurred during the quarter.

If you have any questions regarding submission of the questionnaire, please contact the OCJG main line at (850) 617-1250 or email criminaljustice@fdle.state.fl.us.