According to the report, inmates are twice as likely to die from murder

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – A man convicted of murdering an infant died at Bertie Correctional Institution in Windsor, North Carolina after being attacked by other inmates. This was announced by the Public Safety Office Semajs Short was serving a 31-year sentence and should be released in May 2042.

Semajs short. (Courtesy of NCDPS)

After his death, CBS examined 17 federal data to examine how common homicides are in prisons.

A 2021 U.S. Department of Justice report examined the death rates of state and federal prisoners between 2001 and 2019.

It found that state prisoners were more than twice as likely to die from murder as the general adult US population. From 2001 to 2019, inmate homicide deaths nationwide increased 267 percent.


The data showed that the general adult population was more likely to die from drug or alcohol poisoning and accidents than the US inmate population.

The DOJ report also found that the proportion of state prisoners who died from drug or alcohol poisoning, homicide, and suicide have all reached their highest levels since the department began collecting data.

Murder accounted for nearly four percent of inmate deaths. These deaths were the result of inmates being killed by other inmates, as a result of staff use of force, and as a result of injuries sustained during a previous altercation with other inmates.

The increase in overall prison deaths can also be seen in North Carolina state and federal prisons.

In 2008, 293 out of 100,000 inmates died in North Carolina. Interest rates trended downwards for several years, but in 2011 they started to rise again. As of 2019, 345 inmates died per 100,000.

Despite these increases, North Carolina had among the lowest average annual homicide rates in state prisons from 2001 through 2019. The state averaged three inmate murders per year during this period. Heart disease was responsible for an average of 68 deaths per year in the state.


During the same period, South Carolina had the highest average annual homicide rate, at 15 deaths per year. Meanwhile, there were no homicides in New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming during this period.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/north-carolina-news/inmates-twice-as-likely-to-die-by-homicide-report-says/ According to the report, inmates are twice as likely to die from murder


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