via Reuter’s Health
Research shows that there are more black men incarcerated in today’s prisons than were enslaved hundreds of years ago. Is their health and welfare better off in prison? A recent study of North Carolina inmates supports this saying that, “Black men survive longer in prison than they would if they were out.” But is this true?
The black prisoners seemed to be especially protected against alcohol- and drug-related deaths, as well as lethal accidents and certain chronic diseases.
Surprisingly, the opposite held for white men who were actually most likely to die in prison, than out.
The study which followed approximately 100,000 men ranging in ages from 20 to 79 kept record of which inmates died, and out of those, what they died from. These men were documented from the years 1995 to 2005.
The study found that black men incarcerated were “less likely to die of diabetes, alcohol- and drug-related causes, airway diseases, accidents, suicide and murder than black men not in prison.”
How can we make the outside world more safer for our Black men?
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