FIGURE 9-1 Death investigation systems in the United States, 2004.

FIGURE 9-1 Death investigation systems in the United States, 2004.

SOURCE: J.M. Hickman, K.A. Hughes, K.J. Strom, and J.D. Ropero-Miller. 2004. Medical Examiners and Coroners’ Offices, 2004. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report NCJ216756. (In 2007, Kentucky became legally a mixed county ME/C system.a)

a Constitution of the State of Kentucky, § 99.

of fewer than 25,000 people.25 The hodgepodge and multiplicity of systems and controlling statutes makes standardization of performance difficult, if not impossible. Some observers believe that a revisiting of the model code is required, as has been proposed by numerous study groups over the years, in order to work toward the development of a modern model code for death investigation systems that utilizes new and available technologies that are responsive to the needs of the citizens.26

25

Ibid.

26

Ibid.



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