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Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000-2013 - Statistical Tables

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Date Published
August 2015
41 pages
Margaret Noonan; Harley Rohloff; Scott Ginder
This report presents data on the number of inmate deaths in local jails and State prisons, the distribution of deaths across jails, and the aggregate count of deaths in Federal prisons for each of the 14 years and trends between 2000 and 2013.
Mortality rates per 100,000 inmates in jail or prison are provided, along with the causes of death, including homicide, suicide, illness, intoxication, and accidental injury. Data on decedents' characteristics include age, sex, race or Hispanic origin, legal and hold status, and time served. The States where deaths occurred are indicated. The report shows that local jail inmate deaths increased 1 percent, from 958 deaths in 2012 to 967 deaths in 2013. Suicides in jails increased 9 percent, from 300 in 2012 to 327 in 2013. Jail inmate deaths due to liver disease decreased 35 percent, from 29 deaths in 2012 to 19 in 2013. Deaths in prison increased from 3,357 in 2012 to 3,479 in 2013, the highest number since prison data collection began in 2001. Illness-related deaths accounted for 89 percent of all deaths in prison in 2013. The prisoner mortality rate increased 3 percent, from 265 deaths per 100,000 State prisoners in 2012 to 274 per 100,000 in 2013. The Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP) is an annual Bureau of Justice Statistics data collection. This is the only national statistical collection to obtain comprehensive information on deaths in adult correctional facilities. 40 tables and 2 figures

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