Coalition calls for proper implementation of Deaths in Custody Reporting Act

OTG has joined a coalition of national, state, and local criminal justice, civil rights, human rights, women’s rights, disability rights, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ, faith-based, and open government organizations in writing the Department of Justice (DOJ) in response to the Department’s proposed implementation of the Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA).

DCRA was enacted more than two years ago, the letter states, so the coalition welcomes the data that DCRA compliance will produce. If properly implemented, DCRA could yield the most accurate federal numbers on deaths in custody, disaggregated by race, ethnicity and other decedent demographics, to date.

Read the full letter here.

Additional resources:

Coalition comments urge adherence to requirements of Deaths in Custody Reporting Act and greater accountability in DOJ proposed implementation guidance

Coalition: DOJ’s proposed implementation of Deaths In Custody Reporting Act does not meet the law’s requirements

Recommendations for the Justice Department’s 2016 Open Government Plan: Enhance data collection and reporting standards for law enforcement

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