H.R. 1447: Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013

H.R. 1447

Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013

December 12, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On Thursday, December 12, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 1447, the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) on April 9, 2013 and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1447 requires states that receive certain federal funds and federal law enforcement agencies to report certain information to the Attorney General regarding the death of any person who is detained, arrested, or incarcerated by law enforcement personnel under their jurisdiction.  This information would include, at a minimum: (1) the name, gender, race, ethnicity, and age of the deceased; (2) the date, time, and location of death; (3) the law enforcement agency that detained, arrested, or was in the process of arresting the deceased; and (4) a brief description of the circumstances surrounding the death.  Moreover, states failing to comply with these requirements would be subject to a 10-percent reduction in funds than would otherwise be allocated to them in a fiscal year.  Any reduction in federal funds would be at the discretion of the Attorney General. 

This legislation also requires the Attorney General, within 2 years of enactment, to carry out a study of the reported information to: (1) determine the means by which such information can be used to reduce the number of such deaths; and (2) examine the relationship, if any, between the number of such deaths and the management actions of such jails, prisons, and other specified facilities relating to such deaths.


Identical legislation passed in the 112th Congress by a vote of 398-18 (See Roll Call # 713).


CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would have no significant cost to the federal government.  This legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.[1]

Additional Information

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