In reading the study on North Carolina inmates that confirms Black males are safer in prison then they are outside the walls of state-funded correctional facilities, one realizes something sinister being peddled in the quotes of the researchers and those privy to the data. It's almost as if they advocate implementing all the lessons learned from this study of how to keep Black males alive in prison into the real-world, and it seems the researchers believe that Black males roaming free (who have a higher mortality rate) would thrive under the 'cradle-to-penitentiary' scheme:
Black men are half as likely to die at any given time if they're in prison than if they aren't, suggests a new study of North Carolina inmates.Calling prisoners "underserved and vulnerable Americans" is disgusting and highlights the irrational thinking that deludes DWLs and showcases why our society -- run in every sector by individuals professing an undying allegiance to 'progressive' ideology -- is so fucked. But it was Patterson's quote that had us pissed, as she said:
The black prisoners seemed to be especially protected against alcohol- and drug-related deaths, as well as lethal accidents and certain chronic diseases.
But that pattern didn't hold for white men, who on the whole were slightly more likely to die in prison than outside, according to findings published in Annals of Epidemiology.
Researchers say it's not the first time a study has found lower death rates among certain groups of inmates -- particularly disadvantaged people, who might get protection against violent injuries and murder.
"Ironically, prisons are often the only provider of medical care accessible by these underserved and vulnerable Americans," said Hung-En Sung of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
"Typically, prison-based care is more comprehensive than what inmates have received prior to their admission," Sung, who wasn't involved in the new study, told Reuters Health by email.
The new study involved about 100,000 men between age 20 and 79 who were held in North Carolina prisons at some point between 1995 and 2005. Sixty percent of those men were black.
Researchers linked prison and state health records to determine which of the inmates died, and of what causes, during their prison stay. Then they compared those figures with expected deaths in men of the same age and race in the general population.
Less than one percent of men died during incarceration, and there was no difference between black and white inmates. But outside prison walls, blacks have a higher rate of death at any given age than whites.
"What's very sad about this is that if we are able to all of a sudden equalize or diminish these health inequalities that you see by race inside a place like prison, it should also be that in places like a poor neighborhood we should be able to diminish these sort of inequities," said Evelyn Patterson, who studies correctional facilities at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
"If it can be done (in prison), then certainly it can happen outside of prison," Patterson, who wasn't linked to the new work, told Reuters Health.
As in the general population, cancer and heart and blood vessel diseases were the most common cause of death among inmates -- accounting for more than half of deaths.
White prisoners died of cardiovascular diseases as often as expected and died of cancer slightly more often than non-prisoners.
Black inmates, by contrast, were between 30 and 40 percent less likely to die of those causes than those who weren't incarcerated. They were also less likely to die of diabetes, alcohol- and drug-related causes, airway diseases, accidents, suicide and murder than black men not in prison.
All told, their risk of death at any age was only half that of men living in the community.
For white men, the overall death rate was slightly higher -- by about 12 percent -- than in the general population, with some of that attributed to higher rates of death from infection, including HIV and hepatitis. When the researchers broke prisoners up by age, death rates were only higher for white prisoners age 50 and older.
"For some populations, being in prison likely provides benefits in regards to access to healthcare and life expectancy," said study author Dr. David Rosen, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
But, he added in an email, "it's important to remember that there are many possible negative consequences of imprisonment -- for example, broken relationships, loss of employment opportunities, and greater entrenchment in criminal activity -- that are not reflected in our study findings but nevertheless have an important influence on prisoners' lives and their overall health."
For Rosen, one of the main messages from the study is the need to make the world outside of prison walls safer, and to make sure people living there have adequate access to healthcare.
What's very sad about this is that if we are able to all of a sudden equalize or diminish these health inequalities that you see by race inside a place like prison, it should also be that in places like a poor neighborhood we should be able to diminish these sort of inequities," said Evelyn Patterson, who studies correctional facilities at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
"If it can be done (in prison), then certainly it can happen outside of prison," Patterson, who wasn't linked to the new work, told Reuters Health.Equalize or diminish health inequalities by forcing those who actually produce for society, play by the rules and abide the law to provide for everyone who doesn't? Is Patterson advocating turning poor neighborhoods into veritable prisons? Ms. Patterson, it can't be done outside of prison, because North Carolina prisons put such a strain on the state budget that many are closing. With 40,000 prisoners (23,038 Black and 14,222 white -Hispanics are counted as white- at a minimum custody cost of $64.59 a day) and a cost of $26,000 per prisoner, you can easily see that we spend $1,040,000,000 just on taking care of these prisoners each year (this number does not account for the guards salary and costs associated with maintaining a prison).
Massive budget cuts in this program are needed to try and balance the budget in North Carolina, ending the Utopian dream of making the real-world safer then the sterile prison environment that these social scientist want to see implemented immediately -- damn the costs!
Was this study necessary? With so many Black males in jail, perhaps instinctively, Black people understand that living a life where EBT/Food Stamps, Section 8 Housing, TANF/Welfare, Free Lunches in School, and free medical care -- a hospital will never turn away a shooting or stab victim -- take care of everything in the real-world is supplanted by having the opportunity to have all of these amenities behind bars.
It's been said the Womb is the most dangerous place for a Black person. It's obvious that the safest place is prison, where Black people are constantly supervised, provided free health care and meals, the opportunity to lift weights and play basketball, and frolic in 'no homo' bliss.
In a failed effort to make America safe by erecting a 'cradle-to-penititentiary' society, we have financially doomed the nation. It's time for Atlas to shrug.
The researchers also seem to believe that crime would go-away in the Black community if the 'cradle-to-penititentiary' plan were put in place tomorrow. Remember that in prison, police officers can use excessive force to keep uncontrollable Black inmates in line and that officers training high-powered weapons at Black people while they eat, participate in recreational events and shower is a fact of life in prison.
Is this what they are advocating for the real-world as well?