Layleen Polanco’s Mother Is Suing NYC Over Her Solitary Confinement Death At Rikers
At the time of her death, the Dominican Republic native was being held in solitary confinement at Rose M. Singer Center, a women’s facility on the island, in a specialized unit for transgender women. Cubilette-Polanco, known as Layleen Xtravaganza, a fixture in New York City’s ballroom scene, was arrested in April for allegedly biting a cab driver, and was being held at Rikers on a $500 bail related to a prior charge,
The City reported. New York state recently passed
cash bail reform, meaning that if Polanco had been arrested after January 2020 instead of in April, she would not have been held in jail at all.