Comment in The Guardian

“In state prisons, the mortality rate was 275 for every 100,000 people, the highest since data collection began in 2001.”

That’s about the same as the mortality rate for men 35 to 45 years old in the general population:

https://www.statista.com/statistics/241572/death-rate-by-age-and-sex-in-the-us/

And the prison population trends older than the general population:

https://www.bop.gov/about/statistics/statistics_inmate_age.jsp

I’d say the large number of deaths in US prisons is mostly because there’s lots of people in US prisons. Sure, that incarceration rate is a problem that should be solved. But the death rate doesn’t seem out of the ordinary at all.

A fuller explanation here.

6 comments on “Comment in The Guardian

  1. “that incarceration rate is a problem that should be solved.”

    Why is it a problem that should be solved?

    Is the problem you see the cost of it all? If so a cheaper, albeit longer term, solution to the problem of habitual criminals is to cut their goollies off. Cut off their goollies.

  2. I’m shocked to learn that places full of violent criminals have a higher than average death rate!

  3. Reminds me of another stat I saw recently about abortion in the US of States.

    Some academic was crowing that 70% of women who get abortions identify as Christian. It was spun as “SHOCKER – majority of abortions are requested by Christian women!” (Take THAT, Christofascists!)

    Conveniently unmentioned: 75% of American women in general identify as Christian.

    Should colleges be forced to teach students Numberwang, so they can learn to count good and do other things good as well? Yes, yes they should.

  4. Should colleges be forced to teach students Numberwang, so they can learn to count good and do other things good as well? Yes, yes they should.

    What, and spoil the narrative? You are assuming US colleges are institutions of higher learning. They are not. They are indoctrination camps.

  5. Does that include people being sent to the chair ?

    And what about all the prison riots we see on telly series and movies, where the inmates have made samurai swords out of chair legs ?

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