Jailed to Death, a five-part series in The News & Observer looked into more than a decade of inmate deaths at North Carolina county jails. The series found more than 50 deaths in the past five years in which inmates were not properly supervised; in some of those cases, inmates had not been checked for hours. Some jails aren’t disclosing inmate deaths because while they may have fallen sick or were injured in the jail, they died shortly after in a hospital. Further, North Carolina’s jail suicide rate has been trending above the national average, as jails deal with greater numbers of mentally ill and drug addicted inmates.