One of my cousins asserts that her Uncle died "in prison" at Fort Leavenworth Kansas on 1 Jan 1976.

Are there any online resources that would verify the death of a prisoner (assuming that he was actually a prisoner)?

Would one expect that Kansas would issue a death certificate?

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    Not directly relevant to your question but -- Do you know where he is buried? If he was buried outside Kansas, there may be a certificate in the state where the cemetery is located. See legalgenealogist.com/2015/01/21/death-in-the-wrong-place
    – Jan Murphy
    Feb 26, 2019 at 22:24
  • Is he in the Social Security Death Index?
    – Bill
    Aug 13, 2019 at 16:03
  • @Bill, yes... he is - however in the index it does not say where he died, only his birth, death dates SS# and date claim filed.
    – BobE
    Aug 14, 2019 at 23:03
  • Newspapers.com has Leavenworth, Kansas newspapers, but I don't know if they reported on things that happened in the prison.
    – Bill
    Aug 14, 2019 at 23:25

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You will not be able to access them until 2048.

Federal prison records less than 72 years old are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act under subsection (b)(6). To quote from National Archives guidelines, "this type of record might include medical information, personal financial data, Social Security numbers, intimate details of an individual's personal or family life, or similar data."

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