Inmate Mortality and Morbidity: Lower in NJ Prisons than the General Population

The physiological age of inmates is reported to be 10 - 15 years beyond their chronological age. While national surveys report inmates having a higher rate of several chronic illnesses, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports the mortality rates of State inmates to be 19% lower than the general population. Using existing quality improvement data on the morbidity and mortality of NJ State inmates, we compared these rates with State and other national sources on mortality and morbidity. This findings do not support the common assertions of inmates having higher morbidity and mortality than the community.

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Jeffery Dickert, PhD
Arthur Brewer, MD, et al
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