Trans Life Matters

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Trans Life Matters

Lilly Fontaine, Staff Writer

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On June 7th, 2019, a women named Layleen Polanco was thrown in Riker Island prison.

She was in jail for assault and past drug and prostitution charges, and was due to be released one week before her death. Layleen was known to have a condition that causes random seizures, and was not getting the proper care and medicine that she needed to have. She was in the part of the jail that is sadly less tended to- the block where they put transgender women. She died from her condition while in this block. Layleen is the 10th transgender woman killed just in 2019, and the 9th black transgender woman. Riker Island is a known prison for neglecting their prisoners to death.

This past Monday, June 11th, over 600 people rallied to protest that Riker Island should be shut down and never reopen. Riker is calling Layleen’s death a “mistake”. There are still more details to come.