Death in Jail and Detention Facility

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Death Investigation Training Academy

116 S. Smith St

Cuba, Missouri 65453

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This course is approved for 8-hours of Missouri Post CLEE Credit

This 8-hour course is designed to educate officers and supervisors working in detention and confinement facilities, as well as city "lock-ups" about inmate related death. This could be the best 8 hours you and your officers have ever spent in training. Inmate death can result in civil and criminal liabilities for both the agency as well as the officer(s).

Areas covered will include prevention methods, warnings signs, policy development, investigative requirements, coroner and medical examiner involvement, civil liability exposure, family interaction, and much more.

Participants would include:

  • City and County jail/detention officers
  • State correction officer
  • Juvenile detention officers
  • Coroner and Medical Examiners Investigators
  • Law Enforcement and/or Facility Command staff
  • Prosecuting Attorneys and Investigators

Course Summary

Death in a confinement facility is an event that has an impact on staff and inmates as well as the family and friends of the deceased. The detention or confinement facility and the officers in charge can incur civil as well as criminal charges due to such deaths. It is critical that detention officers, police, and supervisors of city, county, and state agencies are properly trained in the prevention and if needed, proper investigation, of a death that occurs within a detention facility.

Coroner and medical examiner investigators must be familiar with local policies and prevention standards as well as proper investigative protocol before a death occurs. After a death within a detention or confinement facility, it will be the C/ME investigators job to determine the cause and manner of the death. This determination can have major implication on the officers working the facility and well as the agency itself. It is vital C/ME investigators become and stay familiar with excepted standards for these investigations.

Preserving evidence is a critical factor in performing an effective investigation. Because the detention officer is often the first one on the scene, it is important the officer understands the proper steps to take to preserve the evidence, notify the appropriate authorities, and assist in the investigation as needed. This course takes the participant through the steps of a death scene investigation.

Suicide is a critical issue in today’s jails. Studies have shown that the rate of suicide in local city and county jails is much greater than that of the general population. As our jail population continues to grow, the risk of suicide becomes greater. The increase in incidents of suicide emphasizes the need for adequately trained officers.

To deal with the increased risk of inmate suicide, officers must be trained to identify the warning signs of a suicide attempt and be prepared to respond with the appropriate action. Jail officers must also recognize the consequences that arise because of failure to respond and render treatment when such action is indicated. The officer and the agency can incur liability under certain circumstances. To avoid such liability, the officers should be aware of the position that the courts have historically taken regarding the occurrence of suicides in county jails. This makes it important to review past cases involving suicide and be familiar with the courts’ rulings.

Inmate Suicide Facts

  • 73.6% of the suicide victims were charged with crimes that fell within the nonviolent category.
  • Alcohol/drug related charges accounted for over 30% of these charges.
  • 60% of the suicide victims were under the influence of alcohol and /or drugs at the time of arrest and incarceration.
  • Two out of every three inmates who committed suicide were being held in isolation.
  • Over 50% of all suicide victims in the study were dead within the first 24 hours of incarceration,
  • 27% of the suicides occurring within the first three hours.
  • Over 88% of victims under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of incarceration committed suicide within the first 48 hours of confinement
  • Over half of these victims were found dead within the first three hours of confinement.
  • The majority (63%) of the victims placed in isolation committed suicide within the first 48 hours of incarceration
  • Over 30% of these victims die within the first three hours of confinement.
  • 73% occurred in county facilities 27% of the victims died in local jails and lockups. The common link among people who attempt suicide is the belief that suicide is the only solution to an overwhelming set of problems. The attraction of suicide is that it promises an end to those unbearable feelings.


Joseph M. Weber – Weber & Associates

Joe Weber is currently a senior partner and licensed investigator in the firm of Weber & Associates. His firm provides law enforcement consultation and investigative services for insurance companies, attorneys, and financial institutions.

Weber & Associates develops and presents law enforcement training to jurisdictions throughout the Midwest. This training focuses on the staffing and operations of jail facilities with special emphasis on practices that limit the facility’s liabilities in connection with conditions of confinement.

Joe also serves as an adjunct instructor and program developer for the Missouri Sheriff’s Association and provides criminal justice planning for the Goldberg Group Architects.

Joe finished his law enforcement career as a Lieutenant with the Crawford County Sheriff’s office. His certifications include completion of Jail Resource Management, Law Enforcement Information-Technology and Planning, Purchasing, and Managing Technology courses, by the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a graduate of the U.S. Academy of Private Investigation and has been certified by the National Institute of Truth Verification qualifying him to administer computer voice stress analysis as a method of detecting deception.

Joe has served as an expert witness in jail cases involving suicide, special needs inmates, and other confinement issues brought before the US Courts in the 8th Circuit.

He has been a guest speaker at criminal justice seminars and attorney’s conferences throughout the Eastern United States and has been published in magazines of national circulation with articles regarding jail funding, construction, and operations and has been a regular contributor to the Missouri Sheriff’s magazine.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact the organizer of this event at support@deathinvestigation.training or call 1-888-556-0177

Can I pay by check or purchase order?

Yes - If your agency or government body wishes to register and pay by check or purchase order, contact the organizer directly for registration form and mailing instructions. support@deathinvestigation.training

What's the refund policy?

A full refund will be given up to 30 days prior to the event, if less than 30 days prior to the start of the event, credit will be given toward this - or another course in the future with one year.

Lodging and Hotels

Our preferred Hotel provider is Super 8 Hotel. Their phone number is 573-885-2087. When making reservations use reservation code (criminal and death investigation course) to get the program price.

Option two:

If your agency would like to purchase an all-inclusive package of hotel and meal options in advance, contact the organizer of the event and work through those details. This can be a nice option because participants will receive a packet at check in with all meal vouchers and options for some of the best dining in the area, all at what will be less expensive than individual purchases. Contact for details and package quote.

Is the training held within walking distance of any hotel?


What is the nearest Airport

The nearest airport is Lambert Field in St. Louis Missouri.

Disclaimer: The instructors, authors, and DITA make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation or investigative application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.

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Death Investigation Training Academy

116 S. Smith St

Cuba, Missouri 65453

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