The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reported that there were 154 deaths per 100,000 people in jail nationwide in 2018, the highest number on record since BJS began collecting mortality data in 2001. Prisons have also seen some of the highest death rates from COVID-19.
Many have also faced the loss of a loved one during their imprisonment. These are stories about death and grief inside prison as well as reflections on losing a loved one while being incarcerated.
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