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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(11), 14414-14419;

Death Rates among Detained Immigrants in the United States

Center for Health and Human Rights, NYU Langone Medical School, New York, NY 10016, USA
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 17 September 2015 / Revised: 27 October 2015 / Accepted: 9 November 2015 / Published: 12 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Correctional Health)
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The United States system of immigrant detention centers has been the subject of considerable scrutiny with respect to health care of detainees. We sought to characterize the rates and types of deaths that have occurred within this system between the years 2003–2015. We analyzed a file of detainee deaths released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as part of a freedom of information request. Between 2003 and 2015, 150 deaths were recorded. During this time period, the annual rate of death among detainees dropped dramatically, whether measured by annual admissions or by person years of exposure. The most common causes of death were cardiovascular, cancer and suicide. More research is needed to adequately account for the contributors to these declining rates of death in immigration detention settings. View Full-Text
Keywords: immigration; detention; mortality; suicide immigration; detention; mortality; suicide
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Granski, M.; Keller, A.; Venters, H. Death Rates among Detained Immigrants in the United States. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 14414-14419.

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