Suicide Leading Cause of Death in Local Jails and State Prisons

Fact: Over 4,300 people died in custody of local jails and state prisons in 2012.

Fact: 31% of deaths were attributed to suicide according to Department of Justice Figures.

Fact: Suicide was the leading cause of death.

Source: Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000-2012; Bureau of Justice Statistics

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