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Black Men Survive Longer in Prison Than Out

I was very disturbed when I heard on the radio about a study that proved that black men live longer if they are in jail. It came as a real slap in the face being that I have a father and an uncle who live productive lives outside of bars. The study was conducted on 100,000 men in prisons located in North Carolina who’s ages ranged between 20-79. Of the 100,000 men, 60% of them were African Americans. The study showed that the top reasons that black men tend to live longer in prison basically was because they had better healthcare in prison than they did outside of prison, they were protected against alcohol- and drug-related deaths, as well as lethal accidents and certain chronic diseases. Check out more of what the study found:

“Researchers say it’s not the first time a study has found lower death rates among certain groups of inmates — particularly disadvantaged people, who might get protection against violent injuries and murder.

“Ironically, prisons are often the only provider of medical care accessible by these underserved and vulnerable Americans,” said Hung-En Sung of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

“Typically, prison-based care is more comprehensive than what inmates have received prior to their admission,” Sung, who wasn’t involved in the new study, told Reuters Health by email.

My biggest issue with this story is that it makes no sense that black men are living longer in prison due to the quality of healthcare they are receiving behind bars. It shouldn’t take a troubled life to get adequate healthcare. What do you think of this story? How does it relate to your life? Agree or disagree?

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