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Jun 10, 2019, 6:43pm EDT
  • June 8

    Solitary Confinement Reforms Approved for City Jails, Even as Advocates Decry ‘Broken Promise’

    The city further limited isolation Tuesday — two years and a day after Layleen Polanco’s death on Rikers Island. But her sister and other inmate advocates are slamming de Blasio for not fully eliminating the practice.

  • March 8

    De Blasio Plan to Eliminate Solitary Confinement Falls Short for Inmate Advocates

    "All they did was change the name, and slightly, very slightly, changed a few things," said Melania Brown, whose sister, Layleen Polanco, died in a solitary cell at Rikers Island in 2019.

  • June 29, 2020

    Mayor de Blasio Vows End of Solitary Confinement in New York City Jails

    De Blasio cited the case of Layleen Polanco, whose death in isolation at Rikers Island last year galvanized the movement to stop the practice in New York and beyond.

  • June 26, 2020

    A Year After Layleen Polanco’s Rikers Death, 17 Jailers Face Discipline

    The de Blasio administration pushed staff punishments Friday but has rejected more systemic changes to solitary confinement in New York City jails.

  • June 23, 2020

    Jailer Pushed Layleen Polanco Into Rikers Island Solitary Confinement Despite Red Flags: Report

    NYC’s jail oversight board also found that city jail housing policy for transgender inmates created "increased pressure" to house her in solitary, where she died last June.

  • June 18, 2020

    Layleen Polanco-Inspired Solitary Confinement Reforms Languish a Year After Her Death on Rikers Island

    Meanwhile, city jailers contend that locking people in isolation for 21 hours a day does not qualify as "solitary confinement."

  • December 2, 2019

    City Jail Overseer Urged to End Solitary Confinement After Layleen Polanco Death

    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, speaking at Board of Correction’s first hearing on proposed limits, says NYC can "serve as a model for the nation."

  • October 30, 2019

    City Jails Board Issues Proposed New Solitary Rules After Delay

    Isolation of inmates would be limited — but not eliminated — under a long-fought Board of Correction plan that spurred a public battle with City Hall.

  • October 24, 2019

    Layleen Polanco’s Family Accuses City of Stalling on Lawsuit

    The de Blasio administration seeks a delay pending probe into the transgender woman’s death at Rikers Island. Her family is furious.

  • October 22, 2019

    Mayor ‘Interfered’ With Jails Overseer on Solitary Confinement, Member Charges

    Dr. Robert Cohen of the Board of Correction alleges delay of a planned vote to limit punitive segregation is part of bid to weaken reforms.

  • October 21, 2019

    Solitary Confinement Reform Pushed Back Again as City Hall Balks

    The Board of Correction planned to propose new limits on isolating inmates in city jails Tuesday, but will delay amid mayoral pressure, sources said.

  • October 17, 2019

    De Blasio Ousts Key Solitary Confinement Foe as Reform Nears

    Bryanne Hamill loses her Board of Correction seat amid wrangling over putting limits on isolating inmates in city jails, sources said.

  • October 16, 2019

    What You Need to Know About the Rikers Replacement Vote

    The City Council is poised to OK four new borough-based jails Thursday. But the historic plan’s fate depends on a lot more than shuttering Rikers.

  • July 30, 2019

    Layleen Polanco Died of Epileptic Seizure in Solitary, Autopsy Reveals

    The 27-year-old was on anti-seizure medication at Rikers Island. Her family lawyer charged she died of "indifference and neglect."

  • June 10, 2019

    Woman Who Died at Rikers Island Was in Solitary

    Layleen Polanco, 27, was being punished in solitary confinement after being jailed on misdemeanor charges and held on $500 bail, sources said.

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