Death in Custody

Audiobook Details

Author:

Roger A. Mitchell Jr. MD, Jay D. Aronson PhD

Narrated By:

Bill Andrew Quinn

Length:

9 hrs and 29 mins

File Type:

.zip

Release Date:

02-13-24

File Size:

255.1 MB

Audiobook Summary

Deaths resulting from interactions with the US criminal legal system are a public health emergency, but the scope of this issue is intentionally ignored by the very systems that are supposed to be tracking these fatalities. In order to make a real difference and address this human rights problem, researchers and policy makers need reliable data.

In Death in Custody, Roger A. Mitchell Jr., MD, and Jay D. Aronson, PhD, share the stories of individuals who died in custody and chronicle the efforts of activists and journalists to uncover the true scope of deaths in custody. From Ida B. Wells’s enumeration of extrajudicial lynchings more than a century ago to the Washington Post’s current effort to count police shootings, the work of journalists and independent groups has always been more reliable than the state’s official reports.

Mitchell and Aronson outline a practical, achievable system for accurately recording and investigating these deaths. They argue for a straightforward public health solution: adding a simple checkbox to the US Standard Death Certificate that would create an objective way of recording whether a death occurred in custody. These tangible solutions would allow us to see the full scope of the problem and give us the chance to truly address it.

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