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Possible reasons for this are not difficult to fathom. Medical attention in prisons is slipshod and cancers are less likely to be discovered–or treated. That when a cancer is discovered the inmate would be let out to save the prison some expense and because the public is less likely to object to release of often dying inmates. That also explains why so many die fairly soon after release. I doubt there is something to the prison existence which encourages cancer–other than lead-based paints maybe or cleaning chemicals.
On a related point, CT has a lifer who has been imprisoned for SEVENTY-THREE years, a death sentence on a 20-year-old who had killed a cop commuted to life without parole in 1950. Of course it seemed JUST to keep him in prison–I haven’t heard of his behavior in prison, which is ominous–but he’s now 93. CT has reached a recent five-year agreement with his lawyers that he is to be moved into an old-folks home paid for by the state and if he’s still around at 98 they will both consider what to do with him then.
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