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The Bureau of Justice Statistics has collected annual counts of deaths in federal prisons, by cause of death, as part of the National Prisoners Statistics (NPS) program since the 1970s. While the cause of death categories are slightly different than those used for the Mortality in Corrections Institutions (MCI) collections from state prisons and local jails, these data may be useful for comparative purposes.


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Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000-2013 - Statistical Tables Presents 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).
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Part of the Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons Series