||Inmate mortality rates drop in Mississippi prisons
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — Mississippi’s prison mortality rate is going down according to the U. S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
MDOC officials say between 2007 and 2012, the rate of deaths from people incarcerated dropped 41 percent.
The report says Mississippi had 260 deaths per 100,000 inmates in 2012.
Most of the deaths were from heart disease and cancer.
Officials say currently there are 3,693 inmates have cancer or some type of cardiovascular ailment.