Today In WTF News: Study Shows Prison Extends Black Male Life Span

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GangStarr Girl / July 15, 2011

It sounds oxymoronic but according to a study found by the New York Daily News, prison extends tha life-span of a Black man. Read what they found:

 The North Carolina study found black males were about half as likely to die at any given time if they were behind bars instead of on the streets.

Incarceration specifically spared black inmates from alcohol- and drug-related deaths, as well as some chronic diseases, the researchers found.

“For some populations, being in prison likely provides benefits in regards to access to healthcare and life expectancy,” said study author Dr. David Rosen of the University of North Carolina.

The pattern didn’t hold for white prisoners, who were slightly more likely to die in prison than on the outside – but only once they passed the age of 50.

The study examined the records of 100,000 male inmates between ages 20 and 70 who were held in North Carolina prisons between 1995 and 2005.

According to the numbers, black inmates were more than 30% less likely to die of cardiovascular disease or cancer than non-prisoners.

They were also less likely to die of diabetes, accidents, suicide, murder and alcohol or drug-related causes, the study reported.

“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 activities – that are not reflected in our study,” Rosen said.

If this truly is the case then that is sad.  Hopefully no one is impressionable or naive enough to misinterpret this study and feel that going to jail is the only chance they’ve got at survival as a black man. That would be silly but dumber things have happened so we just had to put that out there. We’ve got to do better.