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Death Rates In Jails And Prisons Are Rising

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Sacramento, CA — The state attorney general´s office says the death rate among people in the custody of California law enforcement agencies increased between 2000 and 2003 after dropping over the six previous years.

The rate is based upon the number of deaths per 100-thousand people. The 2003 figure is 213 deaths. The death rate among white prisoners increased between 2000 and 2003 while the death rates among Hispanics and blacks remained about the same.