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For data on the number and characteristics of deaths that occurred in the roughly 3,000 local jails nationwide, please see Mortality in Local Jails, 2000-2014 - Statistical Tables. Tables include national data on the number of deaths by year and state, cause of death, and decedent age, race or Hispanic, sex, and criminal background. Tables also include mortality rates per 100,000 jail inmates.

For an in-depth study of suicide and homicide events in jail facilities, please see Mortality in Local Jails, 2000-2007 (Revised).

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Mortality in Local Jails, 2000-2014 - Statistical Tables Describes national- and state-level data on inmate deaths that occurred in local jails from 2000 to 2014 and includes a preliminary count of inmate deaths in local jails in 2015.
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Mortality in State Prisons, 2001-2014 - Statistical Tables Describes national- and state-level data on inmate deaths that occurred in state prisons from 2001 to 2014 and presents aggregate counts of inmate deaths in federal prisons.
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Assessing Inmate Cause of Death: Deaths in Custody Reporting Program and National Death Index Provides a technical review of the coverage and quality of inmate cause of death data collected under BJS's Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP).
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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: Local Jail Deaths, 2000-2007- Statistical tables This web page provides basic data on the number and characteristics of deaths reported each year by approximately 3,000 local jails nationwide, and provide both national data on the number and rate of jail deaths, by cause and over time, as well as specific data on the nation's 50 largest jail jurisdictions.
 
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