According to a new study out of the University of Oxford, researchers have taken a look at the drivers behind high death rates of former prisoners. Although previous research has explained that mental health disorders and substance abuse are common among ex-prisoners, this study investigated, more specifically, the proportion of deaths due to such disorders. After analyzing over 47,000 men and women released from prison, the team found that “around a third of all deaths among men and half of all deaths among women who have been released from prison are due to drug and alcohol abuse.”
“Even after accounting for criminological, sociodemographic and genetic factors, substance and alcohol abuse accounted for 34% of deaths among male ex-prisoners following release and 50% of deaths among female ex-prisoners.”
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