Mississippi inmate death rate on decline - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Mississippi inmate death rate on decline

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi's prison mortality rate is on a downward trend. The mortality rate dropped 41 percent, from 441 deaths per 100,000 inmates in 2007 to 260 deaths in 2012.

These numbers are based on the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Commissioner Chris Epps says they have a lot of prisoners with health related problems and less than 7 percent of the deaths are linked to violence or suicide in the prisons.

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