As of Thursday, 48 inmates died while in state prison, seven of those in the last month.
“It’s not unusual, but it is higher,” says Brooke Keast, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Corrections.
In 2014 there were 44 deaths and 36 the year before that. This year is the highest number of deaths since at least 2007.
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