DOC detainee taken off life support; NYC jails death toll rises: reports

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NEW YORK — A man died on Monday from injuries he sustained while trying to kill himself when he was in Department of Correction custody just days before his death, according to multiple reports.

Anthony Scott had been found unresponsive in an admission cell at Manhattan Court on Oct. 14 around 4:45 p.m., officials said. He was taken to Beekmen hospital, then granted compassionate release from custody the next day.

Scott, 58, was taken off life support on Monday, the New York Times reported. This year has been the deadliest year in the city’s jail system since 2016.

Scott struggled with mental illness throughout his life, Legal Aid Society Attorney-In-Charge of Criminal Defense Practice Tina Luongo said. She decried the criminal system for its failure to serve New Yorkers with needs.

“Furthermore, this bleak reality is exacerbated when our clients remain in the charge of the New York City Department of Correction or the New York City Police Department, agencies that have consistently failed in their legal and moral obligations to keep our clients safe,” Luongo said.

Just days ago, Victor Mercado, 64, died in DOC custody.

The department, and the jail facilities at Rikers Island in particular, have been slammed for conditions referred to as a “humanitarian crisis.”

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