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A 12th Person Has Died in NYC Jails This Year

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The NYC Department of Corrections reported the death of another inmate on Wednesday, bringing the number of detainees who have died in the city’s jails this year up to 12, three of them dying in the past two weeks.

The New York Times reports that a man held at the Vernon C. Bain Center, a prison barge docked on the East River in the Bronx, suffered an undisclosed medical incident and was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The 11 others who have died were all held in custody on Rikers Island, where officials have placed the blame on staffing shortages, with many corrections officers calling out sick or not showing up for........

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