a chart showing suicide rates have always been higher inside prisons, and the gap is widening

Data Source: Compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative from the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons 2000-2013 (Table 18) and Mortality in State and Federal Prisons 2001-2018 (Table 4), and “Suicide Statistics” from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, based on CDC research. (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2021)

This graph originally appeared in New data: State prisons are increasingly deadly places.

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