CRJS471 DB5

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Select a U.S. state, and research the number of deaths that occur while in custody for that state for the most recent 5-year time period available. •Provide statistics for the state you have chosen including gender, race, and ages for those who died from illness, AIDS, suicide, homicide, substance abuse, accident, and other/unknown (30%). Part 2 Then, listen to the two-part excited delirium debate in your course materials: •Unit 5- Excited Delirium Syndrome In the two-part series, two subjects die. Respond to the following: •Did the subjects die as a result of drug usage, preexisting medical conditions, or excessive use of force by police? What is your opinion? •In addition to your opinion, provide facts to back up your claim.

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CRJS471-DB5NameClassDateProfessorCRJS471-DB5 In the state of California there is an extremely large correctional population and as a result the state has one of the highest rates of deaths while in custody. Across the nation an average of a 1,000 deaths per year occur with 980 in 2008 and in 2009 the number was 948 (Noonan, 2011). After 2008 the number of deaths of inmates in custody began a slow decline and in there was 2010 only 918 deaths in custody across the nation (Noonan, 2011). Of the death occurring while in custody a larger percent are males and the main reason was due to suicide followed by heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men out in society. The third leading cause of death behind bars is due to drug abuse. There are many different causes for death in the prison environment just as out in the world but due to the violent nature of the prison environment homicides are not uncommon. The fourth leading cause of death behind bars is homicide. Of homicide victims behind bars 98% involve males. Homicides rates behind bars was evenly distributed amongst all races with white Americans and African Americans being

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