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Am J Public Health. 1990 Dec;80(12):1479-80.

Death in prison: changing mortality patterns among male prisoners in Maryland, 1979-87.

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Department of Health Policy and Management Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Abstract

The leading causes of death (rate per 100,000 prisoner-years) in Maryland state prisons for the period 1979-87 were circulatory system disease (59), suicide (40), and homicide and legal intervention (30). Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) became the leading cause of death in 1987. Homicides declined after 1980; drug overdose deaths peaked in 1981 and later disappeared. Male inmates have 39 percent lower all-cause death rates than the general population of Maryland after adjustment for age and race.

PMID:
2240334
PMCID:
PMC1405102
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.80.12.1479
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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