Sixth inmate dies in NYC prison system this year

A Rikers Island inmate was found dead in his cell Saturday — the sixth person in custody to die in the New York City prison system this year, sources said.

The inmate, described by prison sources as 20 or 21 years old, was found unresponsive with blood from his nose at the Robert N. Davoren Center, prison sources said.

It wasn’t clear how long the man had been dead, but sources say his death doesn’t appear to have been a suicide.

Medical staff did not find the inmate’s pulse and kept him there until a coroner arrived.

The man was charged with murder and robbery in February and was due to appear in court again this week, according to records.

The sudden death shook some staff at the center, which houses young adults, sources said. It was the inmate’s first time in jail, a source told The Post.

“He was in his cell, blood came out of his nose. We don’t know how he died,” the source said. “He was just a kid.”

The latest report comes in the wake of the damning federal report, which found that conditions in the troubled city’s prison systems were “severe and potentially life-threatening.”

The last inmate to die in custody was 31-year-old Mary Yehudah, who was found lifeless in her cell on May 18. She died just 10 days after a 25-year-old inmate hanged himself.

Last year, 16 people died in city jails – the most since 2013. Sixth inmate dies in NYC prison system this year


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