State prison inmates, particularly blacks, are living longer on average than people on the outside, the government said Sunday.
Inmates in state prisons are dying at an average yearly rate of 250 per 100,000, according to the latest figures reported to the Justice Department by state prison officials. By comparison, the overall population of people between age 15 and 64 is dying at a rate of 308 a year.
For black inmates, the rate was 57 percent lower than among the overall black population – 206 versus 484. But white and Hispanic prisoners both had death rates slightly above their counterparts in the overall population.
I would assume that compared to the portions of society that many of the criminals come from, people in jail would live longer – they get decent medical care, eat better (I guess), exercise, have classes, etc. It’s even more surprising that they live longer than the general population. Why do you think this is happening?
Here is the rest of the article, including stats on what they die from.