DOJ Chronically Undercounted Prison Deaths

Senate subcommittee report sums up 10-month investigation.

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations issued a 25-page report last week, documenting their 10-month-long investigation into the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recordings of state prison and arrest-related deaths. They found that 70% of their records filed in 2021 were missing at least one data field required by law and that the department had failed to count at least 990 prison and arrest-related deaths in the last year alone.

“Of the 990 uncounted deaths, 341 were prison deaths disclosed on states’ public websites and 649 were arrest-related deaths disclosed in a reliable, public database,” the subcommittee wrote. The investigation was conducted in collaboration with the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative watchdog organization.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Senator Ossoff as he chairs the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
  • For the members of the subcommittee as they provide federal oversight.
  • For Director Colette Peters as she seeks to improve the operations of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Sources: AP, Reuters


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