An index of the more than 5,000 people who’ve died in police custody in Texas is readily accessible for the first time this week.
The state attorney general’s office this week launched the Custodial Death Report database, which includes the report that a police agency files when someone dies in custody. Previously, public records requests had to be filed formally with the office for the information to be released.
Among other things, the online database will make it easier to track deaths in city and municipal jails, which unlike county jails have no minimum standards or oversight from state or federal authorities.
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