This paper represents a preliminary report of some trends in prison deaths for three ethnic groups. The data are based on a large prison system for the years 1968-1982. Complete records are available for 572 inmate deaths from natural causes and an additional 113 from suicide and homicide. Death rates from natural causes were much higher for blacks and non-Hispanics under 45 years of age than for similarly aged Hispanics. The patterns for homicides and suicides for the three ethnic groups were quite different from one another.
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