DOJ Report Shows Increase in Substance Related Jail Deaths

The Department of Justice's (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) recently released a report examining mortality rates in local jails from 2000-2018. The report found that, from 2017 to 2018, the number of deaths in local jails increased 1.9%. Findings from the report also indicate large increases in drug or alcohol intoxication related deaths. For example, deaths in local jails due to drug or alcohol intoxication have increased almost 19% from 2017 to 2018, and 381% since 2000. The report also includes detailed tables of mortality rates by sex, race or ethnicity, and age.

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