People Shouldn't Be Dying In Jail Like This
In 2018, North Carolina broke its own record for jail deaths. Forty-four people died while in the state’s custody. This is the highest amount since the state started recording in 1997.
Black people are overrepresented in North Carolina’s prisons and jails. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, Black people are more than DOUBLY represented in the state population inside prisons and jails at 55%.
Previously, when a sick prisoner made it to the hospital before passing away, jails didn’t have to report it.
Now, while the increase of jail deaths can be credited to better reporting after recent changes to the law, this mortality rate is still disturbing.
Aside from better reporting, people dying in jail are often those with mental health issues and those battling addiction. At least 12 of the inmates are people who reportedly committed suicide.
It’s EASY for Black people to end up in jail without having done anything wrong at all! Whether it’s a racist officer, being unable to pay bail, or even if someone did make a mistake, jail shouldn’t be a death sentence. Ever.
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