Charleston Gazette-Mail – Deaths at state-run jails in West Virginia declined in 2023 from the previous year but remained significantly higher than totals throughout the 2010s.
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In 2023, 16 incarcerated people died in West Virginia regional jails, according to data the Gazette-Mail obtained from the state Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The 2023 death count is a substantial decrease from the three-year average of 25 fatalities per year annually from 2020 through 2022. But the latest annual death total remains far above a previous five-year average of 11.2 deaths per year from 2015 through 2019.