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Arrest-Related Deaths, 2003-2009-Statistical Tables

NCJ Number
Date Published
November 2011
16 pages
Andrea M Burch
Publication Series
This report provides statistics on persons who die in the custody or under the restraint of State or local law enforcement personnel.
Results indicate that from 2003 through 2009, a total of 4,813 deaths were reported to the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) Arrest-Related Deaths (ARD) program. Of these, about 6 in 10 deaths (2,931) were classified as homicide by law enforcement personnel, and 4 in 10 (1,882) were attributed to other manners of death. Suicide and death by intoxication each accounted for 11 percent of reported arrest-related deaths, accidental injury for 6 percent, and natural causes for 5 percent. Deaths with manners classified as undetermined or those in which manners were unknown represented about 6 percent of reported arrest-related deaths. During the same period, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimated nearly 98 million arrests in the United States. While men comprised about 76 percent of reported arrests, they represented 95 percent of persons who died during the process of arrest. As a group, arrest related decedents tended to be older than the arrest population. Those under the age of 25 accounted for 45 percent of reported arrests but less than a quarter (22 percent) of arrest-related deaths. Data were collected from January 2003through December 2009 and detail the percent and type of arrest-related deaths, as well as the demographic characteristics of decedents and the law enforcement agencies involved in the death. Tables and figures

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