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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.

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New City Jails Boss Open to Next Mayor Extending His Sentence

Incarceration reformer Vincent Schiraldi, appointed by de Blasio to run the troubled Correction Department, says he’d consider staying past Dec. 31. He wants to end the violence that’s plagued Rikers Island and other local lockups.

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De Blasio Promised Nearly Six Months Ago to End Solitary Confinement. So Where’s the Plan?

The Board of Correction now says a proposal, spurred by the death of Layleen Polanco at Rikers Island, will be out this month. But the City Council could beat them to it with a law.

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Sex Workers Should Not be Arrested, de Blasio Declares, Invoking Layleen Polanco’s Legacy

But his comments about arresting those "organizing and profiting" from the trade alarmed sex worker rights advocates. The mayor’s words came days after the city settled a suit filed by Polanco’s family.

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Solitary Confinement Could End in NYC

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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City Jails Board Slow to Act on Solitary Reform, Critics Say

A Board of Correction hearing on Tuesday drew calls to change New York City’s policies on solitary confinement but yielded no action.

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Layleen Polanco’s Death Inspires Bail Fund for Transgender Inmates

The Emergency Release Fund has raised $10,000 and helped free six people so far. Polanco died in solitary on Rikers Island for want of $500 bail.

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Reimagining New York Jails Without Solitary Confinement

A growing chorus of critics wants to strictly limit or ban isolation in the wake of Layleen Polanco’s death. But what are the alternatives?

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Layleen Polanco’s Mother Files Lawsuit Over Rikers Death

Correction officials ignored the medical needs of the woman who died in solitary — and "took no action" to get her help, court papers charge.

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Medical Condition Should Have Kept Polanco From Solitary, Experts Say

As Elizabeth Warren and others called for reform, former jail health experts said Layleen Polanco’s seizure disorder should have been a red flag.

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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."