NEW YORK — A Department of Correction detainee died Monday, after he attempted to take his own life last week, a source told NY1.
According to the source, 58-year-old Anthony Scott had been on life support at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital after he tried to take his own life last Thursday, when under DOC custody. He is the 14th Department of Correction detainee to die this year.
Scott was found unresponsive shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday in an admission cell at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse, sources told NY1. He was then treated and taken to the hospital, and was granted “compassionate release” from DOC custody the following day, according to sources.
Scott had been charged with second-degree assault for punching a nurse in the face while she was treating him, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
In a statement, the Legal Aid Society, which represented Scott, said, “We are devastated to learn of Anthony Scott’s passing, and extend the deepest condolences to his family, friends and community during this tragically difficult time.
“Throughout his life, Mr. Scott was continually criminalized for his struggle with mental illness, and our criminal legal system has never had the comprehensive tools necessary to serve New Yorkers with acute needs like Mr. Scott. Furthermore, this bleak reality is exacerbated when our clients remain in the charge of the New York City Department of Correction (DOC) or the New York City Police Department (NYPD), agencies that have consistently failed in their legal and moral obligations to keep our clients safe.”
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