Prisoner hangs himself on Rikers Island, marking 14th death in custody

An inmate hanged himself on Rikers Island on Wednesday, marking the 14th death in the Department of Correction’s custody this year, The Post learned.

The man was found hanged just after 7 a.m. at the Eric M. Taylor Center, prison sources said.

FDNY EMS crews were dispatched to the facility around 7:13 a.m. for reports of a person in cardiac arrest. The agency said the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

The DOC did not immediately respond to a request for comment and no further details were immediately available.

The death is the fifth confirmed or suspected suicide at the DOC this year and the eleventh since early last year.

So far, the number of deaths in 2022 will top last year’s already high 16, the most deaths the agency has seen since 2016 and more than 2019 and 2020 combined.

At this point last year, only 10 deaths had been recorded, up 40% year-to-date.

An inmate hanged himself on September 14, 2022 at the Eric M. Taylor Center on Rikers Island.
An inmate hanged himself on September 14, 2022 at the Eric M. Taylor Center on Rikers Island.
AP Photo/Seth Little, file

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five counties, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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