Deputy Keeper Frederick A. Douglass

Deputy Keeper Frederick A. Douglass

New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, March 11, 1915

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Frederick A. Douglass

Deputy Keeper Frederick Douglass succumbed to injuries sustained four years earlier when he was kicked in the abdomen by a death row inmate at the New Jersey State Prison.

He sustained severe internal injuries as a result of the kick and his health continued to deteriorate until he was forced to medically retire in July 1914. He died as a result of injuries on March 11, 1915, less than one year after his forced retirement.

The inmate who kicked him was sentenced to death for the previous murder, but had the sentence commuted to life minutes before his execution.

Deputy Keeper Douglass had served with the New Jersey Department of Corrections for 20 years. He was survived by his two sons and brother.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Not available
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Deputy Keeper Douglass,
On today, the 102nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Jersey. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

March 11, 2017

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