Rikers Island Inmate Tarz Youngblood Died After Being Found Unresponsive In His Jail Cell
RIKERS ISLAND, NEW YORK CITY (March 4, 2022) – A father of three and inmate at Rikers Island identified as Tarz Youngblood has tragically died after being found unresponsive in his jail cell.
New York City police officials are saying that the incident began on Sunday morning. Tarz Youngblood was found unresponsive in his jail cell and transported to Elmhurst Hospital.
Despite life-saving measures, the inmate was pronounced dead. Tarz Youngblood was a father of three and was in jail since September.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Rikers Island Inmate Deaths
Rikers Island is notorious for how inmates have been treated and often neglected over the years. According to monitors in one class action suit, Rikers Island is marked by “violence among incarcerated people, violence at the hands of [s]taff, and violence toward [s]taff, in addition to a disturbing rise in self-harming behavior.” There are a number of measures that jails can take in order to help keep inmates safe.
- Jails should be properly staffed. Staffing shortages can lead to needless deaths and violence.
- Jail staff should be properly trained.
- Jails staff should be properly monitored
- Periodic reviews of inmate treatment should be conducted.
Every jail in New York must provide inmates with a reasonably safe environment. Inmates also have a constitutional right to receive adequate health care. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, they could be held liable if the inmate suffers injuries or dies. For example, if a jail fails to treat an underlying illness that results in an inmate’s death, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any inmate death at Rikers Island.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Jail records should be subpoenaed.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be examined.
The family of any victim that died in a jail cell incident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. Beneficiaries in a civil claim will typically include a victim’s next of kin such as their spouse or children. A New York wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Rikers Island Inmate Death
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Tarz Youngblood. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about an inmate death at Rikers Island? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.