Journal article

Violence-Related Deaths Among People Released From Prison: A Data Linkage Study

Melissa Willoughby, Matthew J Spittal, Rohan Borschmann, Holly Tibble, Stuart A Kinner



People released from prison are a socially marginalized group and are at high risk of death from preventable causes, including violence. Despite this, little is known about the epidemiology of violence-related death (VRD) after release from prison. This knowledge is essential for developing targeted, evidence-informed violence prevention strategies. We examined VRDs among a representative sample of people released from prisons in Queensland, Australia, by sex and Indigenous status. Correctional records for all people (aged ≥17 years) released from prisons from January 1994 until December 2007 (N = 41,970) were linked probabilistically with the National Death Index. The primary outcome was VR..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council - Australian Government

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant (#456109). M.W. is supported by an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship (#1151103). M.J.S. is a recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (Project No. FT180100075) funded by the Australian Government. R.B. is supported by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (#1104464). H.T. is supported by College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine PhD (eHERC/Farr Institute) Studentships from the University of Edinburgh. S.A.K. is supported by NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (#1078168). Funding bodies had no role in the study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data; writing the report; or decision to submit the report for publication.