Police investigate inmate death at Fishkill Correctional Facility
New York State Police are investigating the death of an inmate at Fishkill Correctional Facility.
Joseph Clarke, 37, of Newburgh, died last Monday morning after receiving emergency medical attention at the prison, according to the New York state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
News 12 reached out to DOCCS after receiving several calls and emails from Clarke’s family and friends with concerns and questions about how he died.
So far, it’s not known how Clarke died, but DOCCS authorities say any death that does not appear to be from natural causes or a known illness is investigated.
State police say an autopsy report could take weeks or months.
Officials did not say if Clarke was involved in a fight with inmates or staff.
The father of four was serving a 12-year sentence for criminal possession of a weapon and was reportedly up for release in November.