Investigator Protocol: Sudden In-Custody Death

The reasons for sudden death in custody are multifactoral and complex. Fortunately, careful police work can help mitigate the negative fallout. In this article we describe an investigative protocol for sudden in-custody deaths. At times, professionals following traditional protocol find it difficult or impossible to establish an obvious mechanism of death. They may be overlooking valuable information that is not part of a standard investigation but that can nevertheless assist medical examiners and investigators.