Deaths in Police Custody Data Collection and Reporting - Participant Bios


Greg Coster
Maryland Statistical Analysis Center at the Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention

Greg Coster is the Director of the Maryland Statistical Analysis Center at the Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention. The Maryland Statistical Analysis Center has been the Maryland State reporting coordinator for the Federal Deaths in Custody/Arrest related Death program since 2010. Since he joined the Maryland Statistical Analysis Center in 2011, Coster has worked to develop an extremely accurate system of collecting data on Police Deaths In Custody and Arrest-Related Deaths, while garnering a great deal of support for the program by criminal justice stakeholders. Coster retired from the United States Coast Guard in 2006, and holds a B.A. in justice and law administration from Western Connecticut State University, and an M.S. in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore.

Erin Farley, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Justice Research and Statistics Association

Erin J. Farley joined the JRSA staff in May 2015 as a Research Associate working on the Pre-Trial Justice Institute Project. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Delaware. Prior to working at JRSA Dr. Farley was a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Court Innovation in NYC where she worked on a number of projects including an evaluation of Intelligence Driven Prosecution in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, the Manhattan Mental Health Court, and a randomized trial of an evidence-based assessment protocol in New York City drug courts. She has co-authored reports on indigent defense reforms in Brooklyn, as well as the Adolescent Diversion Program, Judicial Diversion, Improving Courtroom Communication, and the Bronx Family Treatment Court.