Another inmate dies in NYC DOC custody, the 15th this year


A Rikers Island inmate died Friday morning — marking the 15th person to die while in custody of the troubled city Department of Correction this year, officials said.

Malcolm Boatwright, 28, suffered a “medical issue” inside the Anna M. Kross Center on Thursday and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, according to DOC officials.

Boatwright died 5:36 a.m. Friday, officials said.

The city Medical Examiner will determine how he died.

“This is a heartbreaking loss at the end of a very difficult year,” Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi said. “My deepest sympathy goes out to Mr. Boatwright’s loved ones.”

The DOC has launched an investigation into the man’s death.

Boatwright was jailed on Nov. 12 on multiple counts of child sex abuse, court records show.

The DOC’s tally of in-custody deaths in 2021 is 13, but a Post review found that number is actually 15.

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Boatwright’s death in the 15th to take place in New York DOC custody this year.

The last inmate death came in October, when 58-year-old Anthony Scott died after trying to hang himself inside a holding cell.

The agency’s count does not include Scott’s death or that of another inmate, Tomas Carlo, 48, who died in March in a clinic at the Anna M. Kross Center after being granted freedom on compassionate release.

Additional reporting by Gabrielle Fonrouge

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