Research Shows High Rates of Incarceration Linked to a More Than 50 Percent Increase in Drug Related Deaths
Date:  07-08-2019

Counties with higher jail and prison incarceration rates had higher drug-mortality rates
From The Coalition for Public Safety:

New research published in The Lancet Public Health Journal provides evidence that increased imprisonment has contributed to higher overdose deaths. Even when controlling for opioid prescription rates, crime rates, and socioeconomic and demographic factors, counties with higher jail and prison incarceration rates had higher drug-mortality rates. The research team analyzed records from 2,640 counties, with data from the Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Vital Statistics System, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the National Center for Health Statistics, and county-level incarceration data collected by the Vera Institute of Justice.

Read The Lancet Health Journal report here.