Mortality Data and Related Policies, 2000-2020

COVID Prison Project filed this request with the State of New Jersey Department of Corrections of New Jersey.


From: COVID Prison Project

To the OPRA Record Custodian:

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

– Those which include time and date of all instances of death occurring in the offender population between January 2000 and December 2020.

– Those which indicate the total number of individuals in New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) custody who died by any cause, separated monthly, from January 2000 to December 2020.

– Monthly population records that include the total number of deaths occurring among people in the custody of the NJDOC between January 2000 and December 2020.

– Certificates of death for all individuals in NJDOC custody who died between January 2000 and December 2020.

Additionally, I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of any and all NJDOC policies, regulations, and procedures, pertaining to...

– Investigations of in-custody deaths.

– Requirements for the performance of an autopsy or post-mortem medical examination of individuals who die while in NHDOC custody.

– The reporting of in-custody deaths to other governmental agencies.

– Next-of-kin notification in the event of in-custody deaths.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not. However, we respectfully request a waiver of these fees as we are affiliated with an educational or noncommercial scientific institution, and this request is made for a scholarly or scientific purpose and not for a commercial use.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.


COVID Prison Project
340 MacNider Hall | Campus Box 7240
333 South Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7240

From: State of New Jersey Department of Corrections

This OPRA is due May 28. Records are still in review. You should have a response by tomorrow.

From: State of New Jersey Department of Corrections

Dear Requester,

The Department’s response is attached.

Thank you,
NJDOC Records Custodian

From: COVID Prison Project

NJDOC Records Custodian,

Thank you very much for your prompt assistance in this matter. We are grateful for all of your help.


The COVID Prison Project

From: State of New Jersey Department of Corrections

The Department's response was emailed to you on May 28, 2021.

Thank you.

NJDOC Record Custodian