A new study has revealed LGBT people are disproportionately more likely to take their own lives in prisons. According to a report published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers at the University of California Los Angeles also discovered sexual minorities are more likely to end up in solitary confinement, more likely to be mistreated by staff and raped.
The figures showed 9.3 percent of men in prison were LGBT, 6.2 percent in jails, 42.1 percent of women in prison identified as LGBT and 35.7 percent in jails. The incarceration rate for LGBT people was 1882 per 100,000 – believed to be around three times more than the general population.
NewNowNext reported lead author Ilan Meyer said the results were so shocking they had to check it several times to make sure it was correct. “The high rate was so shocking, I had to check it three times to make sure we weren’t making any mistakes,” he said. “We’ve received mixed reactions—some people still don’t believe it. However, there is no reason to suspect it or think there’s an error.”