Tenth Death at Rikers Island in 2022


July 12, 2022

NEW YORK — From JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) President and CEO DeAnna Hoskins: “Scant details are available, but we do know that, over the weekend, Rikers Island claimed its tenth life so far this year. Elijah Muhammad, 31, was reportedly found ‘unresponsive’ inside a prison cell at the George R. Vierno Center on Rikers Island at 9:46pm ET on Sunday, July 10—in the midst of the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha—and he was declared dead an hour later. How many more people will have to die unnecessarily before this death trap is finally shut down for good? No more deaths! Close Rikers now!”

Contact: Stephen Roach Knight, stephen@jlusa.org / jlusa@ellecomm.com