Two Days After Death of Transgender Woman in NYC Jail, Another Detainee Died

Legal Aid referred inmate's case to the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund for help paying, but they did not. - The City

Two Days After Death of Transgender Woman in NYC Jail, Another Detainee Died

By Reuven Blau and Rosa Goldensohn (The City)

Two days after Layleen Polanco died on Rikers Island, a second detainee died in Department of Correction custody at Bellevue Hospital, before he was ever able to see a lawyer.

Jose Rivera, 54, spent a little over a month in and out of the hospital and the city jail’s medical unit before succumbing on June 9, according to Lorraine McEvilley, the Legal Aid Society’s director of the Parole Revocation Defense Unit.

The two deaths come as state lawmakers consider whether to move forward with reforms to parole, sex work decriminalization, and solitary confinement laws before the session ends next week.

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