Those Incarcerated have Higher Death Rates

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TORONTO - People who are or who have been in jail may be at an increased risk for early death. That’s according to a new study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Canadian researchers looked at data from adults, incarcerated in the year 2000. After 12 years, thru were four times more likely to die in custody or after their release, than people in the general public.

Injuries such as drug overdose and suicide were among the most common causes of death. Experts believe the higher rates could be due to complex social, medical, and behavioral factors.

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