Death in Custody Reporting

The Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA) of 2013 requires state administering agencies to report the deaths of persons in the custody of state prisons, local jails, and during the process of arrest to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). 

A reportable death is defined as: 
The death of any person who is detained, under arrest, or is in the process of being arrested, is en route to be incarcerated, or is incarcerated at a municipal or county jail, State prison, State-run boot camp prison, boot camp prison that is contracted out by the State, any State or local contract facility, or other local or State correctional facility (including any juvenile facility). Public Law No: 113-242 (12/18/2014)

For each reportable death, agencies should complete the BJA Death in Custody Reporting Form and submit it to GCC.

Submit Completed Form to GCC by Email or Mail:
Governor's Crime Commission
ATTN: Death in Custody
1201 Front Street
Raleigh, NC 27609
Reportable Death Occuring: Submit Form to GCC by:
Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 Jan. 15
Jan. 1 to Mar. 31 Apr. 15
Apr. 1 to Jun. 30 Jul. 15
Jul. 1 to Sep. 30 Oct. 15

Additional information can be found on the BJA website: 

Death in Custody Reporting Act FAQ (

Death in Custody Reporting Act Factsheet (

Still have a question? Please contact GCC at 919-733-4564 or email