Here's the BJS report (pdf) he mentioned. Grits asked Jason what was the reason for the reporting change and for a breakout of "unattended" deaths for the last couple of years for an apples to apples comparison and I'll update this post if and when he responds. But I wanted to publish a correction/clarification ASAP before checking out for the holiday.I read your post correlating healthcare cuts to an increase in in custody deaths. This is not accurate. The TDCJ Office of the Inspector General completes a custodial death report form for each death in TDCJ, with the exception of executions, and sends the completed form to the Office of the Attorney General. Prior to 2013, the OIG only completed forms for unattended deaths (deaths that did not occur in an inpatient setting). Beginning in January 2013, they began completing the form for all deaths. This accounts for the apparent increase. As you can see below, the number of deaths while in custody has remained relatively consistent.2007 – 4362008 – 4692009 – 4242010 – 3822011 – 4182012 – 4632013 – 4432014 – 389 (through November)Note TDCJ reports all inmate deaths to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
TDCJ: Reporting change explains death-in-custody statistics
It wouldn't be the first time, but TDCJ spokesman Jason Clark says I was wrong in this post when I speculated that healthcare staffing cuts contributed to increased deaths in custody. Instead, he said, the agency began filing death-in-custody reports with the Attorney General for inpatient hospital deaths for the first time in 2013, tripling the number of death-in-custody reports to the AG from the previous year. Jason wrote in an email: