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For data on the number and characteristics of deaths that occurred in all 50 state prison systems, please see Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000–2010 - Statistical Tables. Tables include national data on the number of deaths by year and state, cause of death, and decedent age, race/ethnicity and sex. Tables also include mortality rates per 100,000 prison inmates. Data on the number of deaths and mortality rate of federal prisoners are also included.

Please note that data do not include mandated executions carried out by state prison systems. For data on executions, please see BJS’s Capital Punishment series series. For a closer look at the specific medical causes of inmate deaths and comparative risks of death for various medical problems, please see Medical Causes of Death in State Prison, 2001-2004. For an in-depth study of suicide and homicide in state prisons, please see Suicide and Homicide in State Prisons and Local Jails.

 

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Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000–2013 - Statistical Tables Present inmate death records from each of the nation's 50 state prison systems. Death records include information on decedent personal characteristics (age, race or Hispanic origin, and sex), decedent criminal background (legal status, offense type, and time served), and the death itself (date, time, location, and cause of death, as well as information on the autopsy and medical treatment provided
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Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000–2012 - Statistical Tables Presents national and state-level data on the number of inmate deaths that occurred in local jails and state prisons, the distribution of deaths across jails, and the aggregate count of deaths in federal prisons.
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Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000-2010 - Statistical Tables Presents national and state-level data on the number of inmate deaths that occurred in local jails and state prisons, and includes aggregated data on deaths in federal prisons.
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Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000-2010 - Statistical Tables MORTALITY RATES IN LOCAL JAILS AND PRISONS DROPPED IN 2010
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Prison and Jail Deaths in Custody, 2000-2009 - Statistical Tables Provides data on the number and causes of deaths that occurred in state prison or local jail custody.
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Prison and Jail Deaths in Custody, 2000-2009 - Statistical Tables NUMBER OF DEATHS IN LOCAL JAILS DECLINED IN 2008 AND 2009
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Deaths in Custody: State Prison Deaths, 2001-2007 - Statistical Tables These tables provide national data on both the number and rate of prison deaths, by cause and over time, as well as specific data on each state's prisons. Tables include basic data on the number and characteristics of deaths reported each year by all 50 state prison systems.
 
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Deaths in Custody Reporting Program, 2007 (Update) Contains a series of data tables describing recent trends in mortality in state prison, local jails, and during the process of arrest by state and local law enforcement officers.
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HIV in Prisons, 2007-08 Presents yearend 2007 and 2008 data from the National Prisoner Statistics and the Deaths in Custody series.
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Arrest-Related Deaths in the United States, 2003-2005 "States reported more than 2,000 arrest-related deaths from 2003 through 2005 -- Homicides by Officers Made Up More Than Half of Such Fatalities"
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