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NYC Halts Solitary Confinement After Trans Inmate Layleen Polanco Dies

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due to an epileptic seizure while in solitary confinement, a.k.a. “punitive segregation,” at Rikers. She had been jailed two months earlier because she could not pay $501 cash bail after having been arrested on various misdemeanor charges and an outstanding warrant.She had informed jail officials of her history of seizures.

She was transferred to a hospital in May 2019 after striking an officer, and when she returned to Rikers, one psychiatrist refused to approve solitary confinement for Polanco because of her health condition.

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