The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is committed to providing information to the public in a timely and accurate manner. This section of our website contains an extensive amount of data and information related to inmate mortality and in-custody deaths.
FDC is responsible for the custody and control of nearly 97,000 inmates in 50 major correctional institutions and numerous satellite facilities across the state. The Department is dedicated to providing proper care and supervision for all inmates incarcerated with us, and provides inmates with access to appropriate levels of health care to meet their needs.
Many of our inmates have not had regular access to any form of health care prior to being sentenced to FDC custody. In addition, many inmates suffer from pre-existing conditions such as alcohol and drug addiction, mental health issues, and chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. From the moment they arrive at one of our Reception Centers, we are committed to providing proper care for our inmates as part of preparing them for successful re-entry into the community.
All reported in-custody inmate deaths are investigated by the FDC Office of Inspector General (OIG). As part of a policy to ensure maximum accountability and transparency, all non-natural deaths will be investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with investigative support provided by the OIG.
Under Florida law, the district Medical Examiner is required to determine the cause of death for any person who dies in a prison or penal institution. The Medical Examiner has the authority to perform or have performed whatever examinations, investigations, autopsies or laboratory examinations they deem necessary or in the public interest to determine the cause or manner of death of the deceased. Autopsy results and cause and manner of death determinations are releasable only by the Medical Examiner.
Incarceration does not deprive an individual of his or her right to have information about their health protected from public disclosure. The Department of Corrections, as a health care provider, is a covered entity for purposes of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (45 C.F.R. Parts 160, 162, and 164). Pursuant to 45 C.F.R. § 164.502(f), the Department must comply with the confidentiality requirements of HIPAA with respect to the protected health information of a deceased inmate. Pursuant to section 945.10(1)(a), Florida Statutes, inmate and offender mental health, medical, or substance abuse records are confidential and exempt from the provisions of Chapter 119, Florida Statutes.
The Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has conducted investigations on a number of the deaths from non-natural causes; some mortalities of this nature are investigated by other law enforcement entities.
The OIG’s investigation documents about mortalities from a non-natural cause can be viewed at www.dc.state.fl.us/pub/mortality/summary.html or within the mortality by institution information. Portions of these documents have been redacted to remove inmate protected health information (45 C.F.R. § 164.501 et seq; § 945.10 (1) (a), F.S.) and security information/security system plans (§ 119.071 (1) (a), F.S.), which are confidential and exempt from public records disclosure.
OIG summaries on closed cases will continue to be added to this site going forward. If a mortality of non-natural cause with a “closed” status does not have a summary, it is either because it has not been added yet, or, it was investigated by an entity other than the Department OIG.
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Information is added as soon as it becomes available. Once a death has occurred, time is required before it is added here in order for a number of initial steps to be completed, such as notification of next of kin and various activities of investigators.
Deaths by executions are not reflected in this data. Carrying out the sentence of a court in a capital case is the Florida Department of Corrections' most solemn duty, and the Department remains committed to doing everything it can to ensure a humane and dignified lethal injection process. A list of executions can be found here: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/oth/deathrow/execlist.html
The graph below reflects inmate deaths as a percentage of overall inmate population from 2012 to 2016.
The table below reflects the number of inmate deaths from 2012 to 2017 by manner. A “pending” status indicates that the Department has not received the conclusions by the Medical Examiner or the death is under investigation by the Office of Inspector General or partner law enforcement agency.
The links below provide information on inmate deaths by name, date, manner of death and investigative status by each facility and by each year, including most up-to-date in the current year.