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Oklahoma County jail officials dispute Department of Justice report

BY MICHAEL BAKER AND VALLERY BROWN Modified: July 9, 2010 at 11:27 am •  Published: July 8, 2010

The Oklahoma County jail had a higher homicide rate than any other large local jail in the nation during a seven-year period beginning in 2000, according to a U.S. Justice Department study that is being criticized by local officials.
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Jail mortality rate

Oklahoma County jail inmate mortality rate per 100,000 inmates, by selected cause of death, 2000-07:

Average annual mortality rate per 100,000 jail

inmates: 184

→Suicide: 38

→Heart disease: 40

→AIDS: 6

→Cancer: 5

→Other illnesses: 42

→Drug or alcohol intoxication: 23

→Homicide: 30

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