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Why are prisoners dying after they’re released?

Med J Aust 2011; 195 (2): 59.

Deaths in custody rightly receive significant attention in the media, but the far higher rate of deaths among ex-prisoners during their first year after release from prison is not widely reported. A high risk of death after release from custody seems counterintuitive, but the phenomenon has been reported in overseas literature. In this issue of the Journal (Kinner), we present the first Australian evidence.

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  • Editor, Medical Journal of Australia

Correspondence: akatelaris@ampco.com.au

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