Number of local inmate fatalities in jail in the United States in 2009, by cause of death

This statistic shows the distribution of local inmate fatalities in jail, by cause of death, in the United States in 2009. 303 inmate fatalities were suicides. Overall, 948 inmates died in local U.S. jails in 2009.

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 Total number by cause of death
Suicide 303
Heart disease 200
All other illnesses 154
Drug/alcohol intoxication 64
Cancer 47
Other/unknown 44
Respiratory diseases 31
Liver disease 30
AIDS-related 26
Accident 26
Homicide 23
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