To the Editor: In 2009, we calculated that an estimated 50 405 prison inmate separations occurred in Australia in the 2007–08 financial year,1 and argued that the significant mortality risks associated with release from custody necessitated accurate and routine dissemination of such information. We believe this is still required, and that reporting the most current estimate of inmate separations may help facilitate better through-care and post-release health service provision. Our previous estimates have been used to contextualise discussions of prisoner health,2 estimate the number of post-release deaths,3 and advocate for needle and syringe programs in Australian prisons.4
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