Another detainee dies on Rikers Island after electeds warned of deplorable conditions


The death count continues to rise inside the city’s jail complex on Rikers Island.

Isaabdul Karim, 42, died while in custody at the North Infirmary Command Sunday evening, becoming the 11th fatality so far this year on Rikers Island. The cause of death is under investigation with confirmation pending from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The Department of Correction said Karim was not feeling well when a medical emergency was activated. He was taken to the clinic where CPR was rendered. He was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m.

“Providing for the safety of incarcerated people is our core mission, and I am heartbroken that we have yet another death of a human being entrusted to our care,” DOC Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi said. “The causes of this death so far appear to be natural, but that doesn’t change the fact that we have serious issues in our jails.”