The US Has A Jails Suicide Crisis On Its Hands
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in jails in the United States, with a rate more than three times higher to that of the general public, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
As Statista's Anna Fleck shows in the chart below, there is also a disparity between jails and federal or state prisons.
In the U.S, a jail is where people are held before they are sentenced in court. It is also a place where people are sent after receiving a sentence, usually for lighter crimes. A prison is where people go to carry out longer sentences.