How Death Row Kills in Other Ways
When someone is sent to death row, many believe that execution will be the cause of death for this person. However, the poor living conditions on death row result in a multitude of health complications for the men and women on death row, with many of these complications resulting in death prior to execution.
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Nearly two-thirds of the 135 people on death row in North Carolina, including Burke, are over the age of 50, which the state defines as “elderly.” Based on current trends, within the next 10 years, approximately 90 percent of people on death row will be considered elderly. Many have from chronic diseases and conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and hepatitis C. (https://theintercept.com/2021/11/20/north-carolina-death-row-health-care-crisis/