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NYC’s 11th Rikers Death This Year Sparks Outcry Over Oversight, Accountability

The troubled jail system recently embarked on a four-month turnaround plan.

The Rikers Island facility on June 6, 2022.

The Rikers Island facility on June 6, 2022.

Photographer: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

A Rikers Island detainee died on Friday, bringing the total deaths among people being held by New York City’s troubled jail system to 11 people so far this year.

The death spurred another round of calls from criminal justice reform advocates for more accountability and oversight of the city’s jails, which face a threat of federal oversight. The city has embarked on a five-month turnaround plan to try to stem violence and unsafe conditions at its facilities.