Many at Rikers are pretrial detainees who have not been found guilty of any crime.
Isa Abdul-Karim, 42, was a wheelchair-bound man who died only days before he was set for early release, making him the 11th person to die at the jail since December 2020.
Layleen Polanco, a 27-year-old trans woman, died after having an epileptic seizure while being held at Rikers Island jail complex.
New York City Reaches $980,000 Settlement With Young Detainees Who Were Beaten, Forced Into Solitary Confinement
Four young detainees who were transferred from Rikers and imprisoned in an Albany jail have won their case against the city of New York.
Layleen Cubilette-Polanco was jailed on misdemeanor charges after she could not afford $500 bail.
Survivors of Rikers ban together to outline a clear path forward for the troubled prison complex and propose smart, humane alternatives.
Layleen Polanco, 27, was found unresponsive in her cell at the Rose M. Singer Center at Rikers Island on Friday afternoon.