NEW YORK – A man died on Monday from injuries he sustained while attempting to kill himself while being held by the Department of Corrections just days before his death, according to multiple reports.
Anthony Scott was found unconscious in an admission cell in Manhattan Court on October 14 at around 4:45 p.m., officials said. He was taken to Beekmen hospital and released on bail the next day.
Scott, 58, was taken off life support on Monday, The New York Times reported. This year was the deadliest year in the city’s prison system since 2016.
Scott has struggled with mental illness throughout his life, said Tina Luongo, lawyer in charge of the Legal Aid Society’s criminal defense practice. She denounced the criminal system for its inability to meet the needs of New Yorkers.
Further, this grim reality is exacerbated when our clients remain under the responsibility of the New York City Corrections Department or the New York City Police Department, agencies that have consistently failed in their legal and moral obligations. to protect our customers, ”Luongo said. noted.
Just a few days ago, Victor Mercado, 64, died in DOC custody.
The department, and Rikers Island prisons in particular, have been criticized for conditions described as a “humanitarian crisis”.
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