February 26, 2007
Individuals Released from Washington State Prison Facilities at High Risk of Death Compared to General Population Individuals released from prisons in the State of Washington were 12 times more likely to die of drug overdoses and 10 times more likely to be murdered than other state residents. Overall, released inmates were 3.5 times more likely to die of any cause in the two years after release. The leading causes of death among former inmates were drug overdose, cardiovascular disease, homicide, and suicide. These are findings of a study entitled, Release from Prison - A High Risk . . .