Locked Up, Won’t Let Me Out: Man Awarded $15 Million In Lawsuit Against New Mexico Prison After Being Left In Solitary Confinement For Two Years Straight

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Man Awarded $15 Million After Being Left In Solitary Confinement For 2 Years

A New Mexico prisoner who was left in solitary confinement for 2 consecutive years while serving time for a DUI was recently awarded a $15 million settlement.

via Fox News

A southern New Mexico county announced Tuesday that it reached a $15.5 million settlement to end the legal battle over the case of a man who was held in solitary confinement for two years without a trial and was so neglected that he took out his own tooth.

The settlement stems from mediation ordered by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Dona Ana County was appealing a lower court decision that upheld a $22 million judgment that was awarded last year to former county inmate Stephen R. Slevin.

That verdict was one of the largest federal civil rights settlements in history.

Slevin spent 22 months in the county jail after being arrested for drunken driving but was never convicted, according to his lawsuit.

Attorney Matthew Coyte said his client ended up in solitary confinement after someone noted he was suicidal.

He was so neglected, Coyte said, he was left in his cell for months at a time, had untreated dental problems and toenails that grew so long they curled under his feet.

That’s one hell of a “welcome home” gift!

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