Special Release: Just the Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners

Special Release: Just the Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners

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Just the Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners

In this special release episode, Just Science interviews Dr. Hope Smiley-McDonald and Connor Brooks about the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners.

The last Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners was conducted in 2004 and stands as one of the most important resources for budget makers and policy changers. Since then, the realm of MDI has changed dramatically. With that in mind, BJS and RTI International are working tirelessly to create a useful tool that captures all the nuances of this field. Listen in as our guests discuss the development of the survey, the types of data being collected, and the impact that the survey will have on the MDI community.

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This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Connor Brooks is a program manager at the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Brooks manages the Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices, the Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, and the Firearm Inquiry Statistics programs, and he also serves on the federal Medicolegal Death Investigation Working Group. Prior to working at BJS, he was the crime analyst for the Burlington Police Department in Burlington, Vermont.

Hope Smiley-McDonald is the Director for the Investigative Sciences Program at RTI International. A sociologist with expertise in criminology, she has published in the areas of drug surveillance systems, substance use and abuse, drug courts, HIV risk behaviors, employment, health and mental health, and community corrections populations. She is the project director for the Bureau of Justice Statistics-funded 2018 Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners Offices. 

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