BJS Reports Steep Decline in AIDS-Related Prison Deaths


The rate of AIDS-related deaths among inmates in state and federal prisons declined dramatically from 2001 to 2010, according to a U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics report released on Sept. 13, from 24 per 100,000 to five per 100,000.

On average, the rate dropped about 16 percent each year.

The estimated rate of prisoners living with HIV/AIDS dropped about 3 percent per year during the same period, from 194 cases per 10,000 inmates to 146 cases per 10,000 inmates, while deaths among that population decreased about 13 percent per year.

The findings in this report are based on information collected annually by BJS from the 50 state departments of corrections, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and from BJS's reports on deaths in custody.

Read the report HERE.

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