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Each U.S. state has a death investigation act. Select a state, and research its death investigation act. Cite any sources used in your research using APA format. • What is the state code? • What types of deaths does the system investigate as stated in the death investigation act? What types of deaths are not investigated? • Finally, what type of death investigation system/process does the state have? You may choose to describe the system/process for the entire state or for a particular city or community with that state. • Is the system of the state you chose sufficient for the area and population? Why or why not? • What is the breakdown of the manners of death within the jurisdiction (e.g., 5% homicide, 3 % suicide, etc.)?

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CRJS470-IP1NameClassDateProfessorCRJS470-IP1 In the state of Georgia the death investigation act requires that a coroner or medical examiner should be informed of or notified when a suspicious or unusual death occurs. In other words if a particular set of circumstances are involved in the death the legal response is to have the medical examiner conduct an investigation of the body. The death investigation act was enacted in 1953 under a new Code 21-205 that was titled The Georgia Postmortem Examinations Act. This act was designed to improve the standards of the death investigation and to ensure the post mortem exam uncovered the true cause of death. The Georgia Death Investigation Act (O.C.G.A. 45-16-20) established the responsibilities of the coroner (French, 1997). There are many circumstances where the medical examiner or corner must respond to the death of a Georgian citizen. In cases of violence, suicide, or sudden unexplained deaths and if the death involves the suspicious death of a youth under the age of sixteen or the death of any child under the age of seven it is the responsibility of the medical examiner to determine why these youths died. The medical examiner is also responsible for examining deaths were there was no doctor present or if the individual dies while in the custody of the correctional department (Hanzlick, 2002). Lastly if an individual is admitted to a hospital in an unconscious state and then dies, the med

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