Deaths in U.S. Jails & Prisons Helpful resources
Compiling this map would be immensely challenging if not for the tireless inquiry of incarcerated people's loved ones, local journalists and some data and legislative organizing efforts. This piece details the history of federal data collection on deaths in custody. I've tried to compile state-level projects and other resources below. If you're aware of another project that you think should be cited, please contact me.
In light of recent reporting on conditions in the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City, I decided to collect and visualize some articles I've encountered about deaths in detention centers across the country. The stories below represent only a fraction of these, just one per county. Some are stories of abuse by corrections officers, others are preventable deaths from withdrawal. Many are suicides, or deaths from COVID-19. What almost all of them seem to illustrate is a systematic neglect of human beings in confinement by the state, who often died alone in prisons, or pretrial in county jails.

Select a locale from the map of the United States below to learn about a person who died while in the custody of law enforcement there, or access the complete data by clicking the link in the footer.