A report shows that 1,300 people have died in New York State prisons in the last ten years.
The report, released by Columbia University’s Center for Justice, also said that were only 1,130 executions in NY between 1608 and 1972.
Black people made up 45% of the deaths in 2018.
In the last decade, the report says that 40% of deaths are incarcerated people age 55 and older, and 25% of the population in prisons is over the age of 50.
Instead of abolishing the death penalty, its simply caused more deaths by incarceration, according to Melissa Tanis, a co-author of the report.
Evidence shows this is a recent spike and not something that has always happened.
New York State Department of Corrections and Community Services responded by saying their job isn’t to sentence and the people under their supervision have committed a crime.
DOCCS oversees 32,000 incarcerated individuals.
Data from the study also reveals that a person in prison dies on average every three days.
These numbers have dramatically increased despite the size of the prison population dramatically decreasing. It’s highest number of incarcerated people was in 1999 at 72,000.
Advocates push for bills that would help release people of older ages who have served a number of years. They make up the highest number of deaths behind bars.
Opponents to these bills worry that the influx of released incarcerated individuals will be too much for parole officers, as well as the fear of violent criminals reoffending.
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