Sept. 30.2010.Issues Facing.Jails

Sept. 30.2010.Issues Facing.Jails - ChallengesFacingJails

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Challenges Facing Jails
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Challenges Facing Jails I. Medical Problems  of Inmates II. Substance Abuse and  Dependence of Inmates III.Mental Health Problems of  Inmates 
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I. Medical Problems 1 Over one third of jail inmates reported a  current medical problem Arthritis (13%) Hypertension (11%) Asthma (10%) Heart Problems (6%) About 22% reported having a learning  impairment and 11% reported impaired  vision About 13% reported being injured since  entry to jail
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Medical Problems Health-related problems were higher  among inmates who reported being  homeless or unemployed prior to jail  entry Health related problems were higher  among inmates who reported a history  of drug use or dependence 
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Deaths among Jail  Population 2 Nearly one quarter (25%) of all deaths  of jail inmates occurred within 2 days of  admission. Over half of all deaths of inmates in jails   occurred within 30 days of admission. 
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Deaths among Jail Population Total deaths in 2007: 1,103 or  rate of 141 per  100,000 One third of all jail deaths occurred in the 50  largest jails (those holding > 1,000 inmates) Top known causes of death in jails: Suicide: 26% Heart Disease: 21% 7.2%  Aids-related: 3.9%  Unknown causes of death: 8.3% Homicide: 1.8%
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Suicide in Jails The suicide mortality rate in the nation’s jails  was 2.6 times the rate in state prisons and 3  times the rate in the general U.S. population.  42 per 100,000  jail inmates  16 per 100,000 prison inmates  13 per 100,000 general U.S. Population.  The suicide mortality rate in the nation's 50  smallest jails (< 50 inmates per jail) was  times higher  than that in the largest jails (>  1,000 inmates per jail).
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Suicide in Jails Males had higher rates than females 
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2011 for the course CRJU 3310 taught by Professor Maryfinn during the Fall '10 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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