Escambia County Jail

Escambia County Jail deaths among highest in nation

November 24, 2015

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The DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics tracks deaths in jails. Escambia County’s six jail deaths place among the most in the nation for a local jail.

The vast majority of local jails have no deaths:

2013 79.9% of all local jail jurisdictions
2012 80.8%
2011 81.0%
Avg. 2000-13 82.2%

A little more than one out of 10 local jails have only one death a year:
2013: 13.7%
2012: 13.3%
2011: 12.8%
Avg. 2000-13 12.2%

The number of local jails that report two or more deaths is even smaller:
2013: 6.4%
2012: 5.9%
2011: 6.2%
Avg. 2000-13 5.7%

From Nov. 1, 2014 to Nov. 24, 2015, Escambia County Jail has had six deaths.

For the entire state of Florida, the number of local jail deaths has ranged from 57 to 65 annually since 2010:

2010 57
2011 66
2012 69
2013 65

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Deaths in Custody Reporting Program, 2000–2013.

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