Another death reported in NYC jail system, 12th this year

Another inmate died Wednesday inside the troubled New York City jail system — marking the 12th death in custody this year, officials said.

The person, who was not immediately identified, went into medical distress Tuesday morning in the Bronx’s Vernon C. Bain Center and was taken by EMS to Lincoln Hospital, where they were pronounced dead at 10:50 a.m., according to the city Department of Correction.

“I am devasted to see that we have yet another death in custody, and determined to stop this heartbreaking trend,” DOC Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi said in a statement. “We are doing all we can to remedy the unprecedented crisis we are experiencing in our jails. My thoughts and prayers are with the individual’s loved ones.”

The cause of death remains under investigation by the Office of the Medical Examiner.

So far this year, 12 inmates have died in custody.

Lawmakers, inmate activist groups and corrections unions have all spoken out about the hellish conditions in the city jail system. The calls have forced Mayor Bill de Blasio to lay out a five-point plan, including pulling NYPD officers into jails and hiring private contractors, to try to fix the state of the jails.