You Oughta Know

Find inmate death statistics at Department of Justice website

Hutchinson Correctional Facility (Feb. 8, 2013)
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The record: Statistics on deaths in county jails and state prisons from 2000 to 2012.

Why you’d want it: To learn more about mortality among people who are incarcerated.

Where you get it: The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, an office of the U.S. Department of Justice, released a study in October. It is available at Click on the “Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons” link under the “New Releases” menu. The study includes data about causes of death and demographic information about inmates who died.

How much it costs: The information is free.

Deb Gruver