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Deaths in Custody: A Comprehensive Review
Join the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner of the Washington, D.C. OCME, Francisco J. Diaz, MD, FACP, as he presents the definition for the phrase “death in custody” and describes all phases of custody to include arrest, transport, booking, incarceration, and health care. Additionally, Dr. Diaz will highlight case studies of deaths, including the five manners of deaths and a special focus on drug-related deaths. Lastly, he will provide a brief overview of the National Association of Medical Examiners scientific position paper he co-authored in 2017 titled Recommendations for the Definition, Investigation, Postmortem Examination, and Reporting of Deaths in Custody (Academic Forensic Pathology, 2017). This paper outlined the best practices for examination, death determination, and manner of death classification.
1) Learn the definition of deaths in custody
2) Learn the different classifications of manners of deaths in cases of deaths in custody
3) Learn about best practices on examinations of deaths in custody
4) Determine the impact of alcohol and drugs in deaths in custody
Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.–
Washington, D.C. Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, Francisco J. Diaz, MD, FACP
Please contact us at ForensicCOE@rti.org for any questions.