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NYC Halts Solitary Confinement After Trans Inmate Layleen Polanco Dies

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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