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Woman Dies While Imprisoned at Rikers Island, 21st Prisoner Death Since 2021

HeadlineMay 19, 2022

Here in New York, a 31-year-old Rikers Island prisoner has died of what officials at the jail said was a drug overdose. Mary Yehudah was discovered in medical distress in a women’s unit at Rikers Island on Tuesday; she died early Wednesday in a nearby hospital in Queens. Yehudah is the fifth Rikers prisoner to die this year and the 21st since the start of 2021. Last month, the U.S. Justice Department said it might take control of the Rikers Island complex, citing an “extraordinary level of violence and disorder at the jails.”

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