Suicide is the leading cause of death in federal prisons

The Department of Justice examined 344 deaths in federal prisons between the fiscal years 2014 and 2021. Suicide accounted for 187 deaths, followed by 89 homicides and 56 accidents.

The chart shows the number of deaths according to the manner of death from 2014 to 2021, showing that suicide accounted for most deaths and that the number of deaths peaked in 2021.