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Source:Reuven Blau, Rosa Goldensohn, Savannah Jacobson
Our coverage of the death of Layleen Polanco, a transgender woman being held on Riker’s Island revealed the 27-year-old was being held in solitary confinement when her lifeless body was found on June 7 at the city’s problem-plagued (and now scheduled to be closed) jail. In the weeks that followed, we uncovered more revelations, among them. Two weeks before her death, Polanco spent eight days in a hospital. She was being held at the time on $500 bail stemming from a misdemeanor. A jail doctor cleared putting her in solitary confinement, after her hospitalization and after learning she had a seizure disorder. Polanco’s condition should have kept her out of isolation, two former jail medical staffers told us.