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NCJ Number: NCJ 222988     Find in a Library
Title: Mortality in Local Jails, 2000-2007
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Margaret Noonan
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 07/2010
Page Count: 19
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: Describes the specific medical conditions causing deaths in jails nationwide during an eight-year period (2000-2007).
Abstract: Describes the specific medical conditions causing deaths in jails nationwide during an eight-year period (2000-2007). For the leading medical causes of mortality, comparative estimates and mortality rates are presented by gender, age, race and Hispanic origin, and the length of time served in jail. The report includes detailed statistics on causes of death as well as more acute events such as suicides, homicides and accidents. Mortality as related to the size of the jail will also be discussed. Jail inmate death rates are compared with rates in the general U.S. resident population using a direct standardization. Estimates and mortality rates for the top 50 jail jurisdictions in the United States are also presented. Highlights include the following: 1) From 2000 through 2007, local jail administrators reported 8,110 inmate deaths in custody. Deaths in jails increased each year, from 905 in 2000 to 1,103 in 2007. 2) The mortality rate per 100,000 local jail inmates declined from 152 deaths per 100,000 inmates to 141 per 100,000 between 2000 and 2007, while the jail inmate population increased 31% from 597,226 to 782,592. 3) Between 2000 and 2007, the suicide rates were higher in small jails than large jails. In jails holding 50 or fewer inmates, the suicide rate was 169 per 100,000; in the largest jails, the suicide rate was 27 per 100,000 inmates.
Main Term(s): Custody deaths
Index Term(s): Inmate statistics ; Jail statistics ; Jails ; Inmate health ; Inmate health care
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
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United States of America
Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
   
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