Officials say an inmate died Saturday afternoon at the Robert N. Davoren Center.
The department says 20-year-old Emanuel Sullivan became unresponsive by a corrections officer on his bed in a residential area of the complex.
News 12 was informed that medical staff arrived immediately to attend to Sullivan but that he was pronounced dead around 4:25 pm
The Department of Corrections says the residence was staffed and all tours were conducted throughout the day.
Sullivan is the sixth death in DOC custody this year and the third reported death in May.
The most recent death was 31-year-old Mary Yehudah, who was pronounced dead while in custody on May 18. Two weeks earlier, 25-year-old Dashwn Carter was also pronounced dead.
The prison has been at the center of controversy for its security and safety practices.
The DOC Commissioner issued a statement saying: “Mr. Sullivan’s passing fills our hearts with sadness as we understand that everyone entrusted to our care is someone’s loved one. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.”
News 12 was informed that Sullivan was being held on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery. The cause of his death is being investigated.
This has been announced by the leader of the Halt Solitary Campaign, an advocacy group for incarceration in city jails and prisons. It says in part: “Enough is enough. I am so tired and devastated to hear about the death of Emmanuel Sullivan… we need action to close the prison and we need our elected officials to make decisions that will help the incarcerated keep people and staff alive, safe and healthy.”
About 22 people have died in city prisons in the past year and a half.