Arrest-Related Deaths

The Arrest-Related Deaths (ARD) Program is maintained by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), US Department of Justice.

BJS developed the Arrest-Related Deaths (ARD) program in 2003 to be a census of all deaths that occur during the process of arrest or during an attempt to obtain custody by a state or local law enforcement agency in the United States. The ARD program was suspended in 2013 as BJS assessed the coverage of the program and the efficiency of various approaches to identify and collect information about arrest-related deaths (see

Based on the findings from that assessment and in response to federal legislation, BJS is currently conducting the ARD program 2015 pilot study. The study is designed to determine the most efficient and comprehensive means of identifying arrest-delated deaths and collecting information about individuals who die in the custody of law enforcement and the circumstances surrounding those deaths.

The ARD program 2015 pilot study will collect data from law enforcement agencies and medical examiner/ coroner's offices beginning in January 2016. At that time, agencies will receive an invitation to login to this system to provide information about arrest-related deaths.

Information about the ARD program, the 2015 pilot study, and current data collection forms can be found at the links above.

If you have any questions, please contact the ARD Helpdesk at or 1-877-475-7039.