CORONER  REPORTS  PROJECT

Death under the U.S. Medical Examiner-Coroner System

This project investigates the history and current practices of death investigation conducted by the United States medical examiner-coroner system. The work involves analyzing autopsies and coroner reports from individuals killed while in-police custody. It also entails a public-facing data science project done in partnership with Dignity and Power Now, Dr. Nick Shapiro’s (UCLA) Carceral Ecologies Lab, Dr. Lauren Brown's (SDSU) Linked Fate Data Collective , Professor of Law Aziza Ahmed (UC Irvine School of Law), and my own BioCritical Studies Lab.

Los Angeles Autopsy Report

This collaboration has produced several forthcoming reports and also serves as the basis for my single-authored book, Society after Nihilism: The Biomedical Erasure of Accountability at the end of American Life.  

Media and Reports

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"Medical examiners impacted by relationships with police, study finds"
2022

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Terence Keel on "Tavis Smiley" (8/5/22)
2022

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"UCLA Researchers Say More Than Half of 'Natural' LA Jail Deaths Studied Show Evidence Of Physical Harm 
2022

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"Study of Inmate Autopsies Renews Call to Close LA County Sheriff’s Men’s Central Jail" 
2022

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"Natural Causes? 59 Autopsies Prove Otherwise"
 2022
 

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"Natural Causes Fact Sheet"
 2022
 

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"Study: Deaths of Black and Latino men in LA County jails misclassified"
 2022
 

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"Study: Deaths of Black and Latino Men in LA County Jails Misclassified"
 2022
 

Collaborators

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Helen Jones

Community Activist and Organizer | Robert Wood Johnson IRL Fellow

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Jonah Walters PhD

BCS Lab Postdoctorate Fellow

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Lauren Brown PhD, MPH

Gerontologist | San Diego State University

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Nick Shapiro

Assistant Professor | Founding Director of Carceral Ecology Lab

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Maggie Woodruff
JD

Anthropology PhD Researcher | University of California, Irvine

Partners

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Partners

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