Another person detained by the city Division of Correction has died, officers confirmed Tuesday, marking the eighth person to die in city custody this year and the second in as many days.
Albert Drye, who was being held at Bellevue Hospital’s Jail Ward, died at 11:34 a.m. in line with data offered by The Authorized Support Society, which was representing him, and the DOC. The city didn’t present data on the reason for dying.
“Any death in custody is a tragedy, and it’s disheartening to hear about the passing of this individual,” DOC Commissioner Louis Molina stated in an announcement. “To learn that a loved one passed away while incarcerated is not only devastating, but extremely traumatizing. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who loved this individual.”
Authorized Support chastised the division for not being extra forthcoming with data relating to Drye’s dying, whom the Every day Information reported was 50 years outdated.
“We are both heartbroken and outraged to learn of Albert Drye’s passing,” the group stated in an announcement. “So far, DOC has refused to provide Mr. Drye’s lawyers with the most basic information concerning his passing, and this is an all-to-common scenario.”
Authorized Support added the city corrections division was overseeing “a full-fledged humanitarian crisis.”
Ongoing staffing shortages and mismanagement have led to what advocates and a few city leaders describe as harmful and inhumane circumstances for inmates. Medical personnel have additionally voiced considerations over their very own security contained in the city’s jail amenities.
Critics have been demanding a federal takeover of Rikers Island — the city’s fundamental jail campus — arguing that the scenario has spiraled uncontrolled. However earlier this month, a federal decide granted the city extra time to implement a plan to repair the problems, which have included assaults on inmates and lack of immediate medical consideration. Final year, 15 males died whereas in custody at Rikers.