Sudden Deaths in Custody / Edition 1

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This comprehensive review of the medical, legal, psychological, and administrative aspects of violent restraint encounters offers insights into controlling such incidents. The authors assess the medical considerations in such cases, including how the stress of an encounter may influence the physiological responses of the subject, how chemical substances may affect the behavior of and contribute to the death of the person in custody, and offer an explanation of the role of excited delirium. The authors also address the use of force involving neck holds, restraints, aerosols, tasers, and other physical restraints. Numerous examples illustrate the nature and problems associated with sudden in-custody restraint deaths, along with a survey of the issues involved in performing a custodial death investigation and the legal question of civil liability. The authors also discuss risk management strategies, policy and procedure concerns, training issues, subject monitoring, prisoner transportation, officer incident reporting, and investigating an incident from an agency perspective.

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"The monograph Sudden Deaths in Custody … addresses all relevant aspects in this field. … The two introductory chapters give an overview of the nature of sudden in-custody death and a medical review. … very well written and well referenced, and contains a huge wealth of information. … highly recommended to all dealing with sudden deaths in custody, especially police officers, forensic pathologists, administrators, investigators, medical personnel, and would be useful in civil law suits claiming wrongful death. The text is really authoritative." (B. Madea, Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, Issue (4), 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588294753
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Forensic Science and Medicine Series
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The nature of sudden in-custody deaths 1
2 Medical overview of sudden in-custody deaths 9
3 Neck holds 15
4 Positional and restraint asphyxia 39
5 Restraint stress 59
6 The role of illicit drug use in sudden in-custody death 81
7 Excited delirium 99
8 Riot control agents, tasers, and other less lethal weapons 113
9 Case analysis of restraint deaths in law enforcement and corrections 139
10 Death in custody investigations 167
11 Liability and wrongful in-custody deaths 173
12 Administrative implications 203
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