Florida Sees Spike in Deaths of Incarcerated People
Date:  01-25-2018

Deaths of those in Florida’s prisons in 2017 show a 20 percent increase over previous years
From Tampa Bay Times:

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions.

The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Corrections and showed a 20 percent increase over previous years.

The inmates who died were, on average, younger than in previous years.

"A 20 percent spike in prison deaths is of course alarming, as is the fact that it’s younger inmates that are dying, rather than people who have been in there for decades," said Howard Simon, executive director of the Florida American Civil Liberties Union. "But I don’t want to jump to any conclusions. Many of these are under investigations. And there’s multiple causes." Continue reading >>>