Another inmate died Wednesday inside the troubled New York City jail system — marking the 12th in-custody death this year, officials said.
The 34-year-old man, identified as Stephen Khadu, went into medical distress Tuesday morning in the Bronx’s Vernon C. Bain Center and was taken by EMS to Lincoln Hospital, where they were pronounced dead at 10:50 a.m., according to the city Department of Correction.
The alleged gang member had been held without bail since January 2019 on murder, gun and drug charges, court records show.
“I am devastated to see that we have yet another death in custody, and determined to stop this heartbreaking trend,” DOC Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi said in a statement. “We are doing all we can to remedy the unprecedented crisis we are experiencing in our jails. My thoughts and prayers are with the individual’s loved ones.”
The cause of death remains under investigation by the Office of the Medical Examiner.
So far this year, 12 inmates have died in custody at city lockups — 11 of them occurring at the beleaguered Rikers Island.
Lawmakers, inmate activist groups and corrections unions have all spoken out about the hellish conditions in the city jail system. The calls have forced Mayor Bill de Blasio to lay out a five-point plan, including pulling NYPD officers into jails and hiring private contractors, to try to fix the state of the jails.
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