Transgender Inmate Found Dead In Rikers Island Cell


City Panel Likely To Recommend Closing New York City's Infamous Rikers Island Prison

A transgender inmate was found dead in her jail cell on Rikers Island on Friday afternoon.

Law-enforcement sources told The Post that Layleen Polanco was found unresponsive in her cell at the Rose M. Singer women’s facility at the notorious jail at about 2:40 P.M., medics responded and tried to revive her for about an hour before she was declared dead.

“Any death in our custody is a tragic loss, and we are looking into how this happened,” ‎a DOC spokesperson said.

No word on the cause of her death and her family says no further information has been provided.

Click here to support Layleen's family's Go Fund Me.


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