Ryan Wilson hanged himself with a bedsheet tied to a light fixture in New York City's Manhattan Detention Complex, known as The Tombs.
Staff and prisoners are refusing the COVID-19 vaccine at alarming rates, meaning U.S. prisons could continue to spread the disease.
El Paso has recently experienced a huge spike in infections.
Transfer limits and security freezes are stalling efforts to get people free from jail in the middle of a pandemic.
“At this point, my concern is that COVID-19 is becoming a death sentence at Oakdale FCI,” said one attorney with a client in the prison.
Coronavirus is spreading across the Bureau of Prisons, already killing one inmate in Louisiana and threatening to overwhelm local hospitals.
Genaro García Luna, currently housed in a Brooklyn federal jail on charges that he took millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa cartel, has asked to be released for fear of contracting COVID-19.
“Whatever gets in here starts spreading, and everyone gets it.”
A coalition of organizations led by the Southern Poverty Law Center is calling on Louisiana, Florida, and Mississippi to release as many people as possible, right now.
Rikers has a population of more than 5,000 inmates.
“If people outside are scared, imagine what it’s like inside."