Inmate dies in Philadelphia jail – 14th death in custody this year

Metro Philadelphia, 12/19/23: “A woman incarcerated at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Facility died last week following a brief hospitalization, becoming the second person to die in recent weeks after spending a day in the city jail system.

Kelly Crawford, 43, was admitted to PICC on Dec. 11 and, at around 1:45 p.m. the next day, correctional officers found her unresponsive after other inmates called for help, according to the Philadelphia Department of Prisons.

Emergency medical technicians performed CPR on Crawford and took her to Nazareth Hospital, the department said. She was later put on a ventilator and died Thursday, Dec. 14, prison officials told Metro….

Crawford was the 14th inmate to die this year in the city’s jails, all of which are clustered on State Road in Northeast Philadelphia. Ten incarcerated people died in custody last year.

‘What we know is that every single one of these deaths are preventable, and that the jails are effectively a death trap where people are sentenced to life-threatening conditions,’ said Sam Lew, an organizer for the Abolitionist Law Center, which has advocated for increased prison oversight and reducing the incarcerated population.'”