NEW YORK (PIX11)—A 25-year-old man is the fourth inmate to die at Rikers Island this year, officials said Sunday.
Dashawn Carter was pronounced dead at around 5:08 p.m. Saturday, according to DOC Commissioner Louis Molina.
“Any death in custody is a tragic event and an impactful loss,” Molina said. “We are truly heartbroken for this person’s family and loved ones and we wish to express our deepest condolences.”
Authorities are investigating the incident and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death, officials said. Carter was taken into custody Thursday on burglary and robbery charges, officials said.
New York City officials are running out of time to address the issues at the troubled prison. At the end of April, a judge gave the city three weeks to come up with solutions before the federal government takes over.
In recent years, a staffing crisis on Rikers Island has contributed to deteriorating conditions. Some correction officers have been accused of abusing their unlimited sick time, leaving officers who do show up for work unable to maintain order on the island.
The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association has slammed the idea of a federal takeover. The union feels fixing issues at Rikers should be left to correction officers.
“We will go to the mat to protect our members during these continued attacks on our profession,” a COBA spokesperson said.
Mayor Eric Adams is fighting to keep Rikers under city control. A Law Department spokesperson said they’d be working diligently to accomplish goals around fixing the problems at the jail.