Cancer victim kept in solitary confinement for 2 years without trial wins millions

0e47us jail Cancer victim kept in solitary confinement for 2 years without trial wins millions

And the man was never even convicted.Now, former inmate Stephen Slevin has received a $15 millionsettlement to compensate for the torture he endured in the NewMexico jail cell. Slevin spent 22 months in solitary confinement,where he was denied access to a dentist and was forced to pull outhis own tooth.“He rocked [the tooth] back and forth over a period of eighthours before he was able to pull it out of his mouth,” hisattorney, Matthew Coyte, told the Associated Press.Slevin was also deprived of showers, human contact, and outdoorrecreation. While incarcerated from 2005 to 2007, fungus grew onhis skin, his toenails grew so long they began to curl up, hesuffered from malnutrition, and he lost a significant amount ofweight.Locked up in a 6-by-11 foot cell with no outside contact,Slevin’s mental health quickly deteriorated.“They left him long enough where he fell into a delirium andbegan to decay, essentially, as a human being,” Coyte said.“[Jail guards were] walking by me every day, watching medeteriorate,” Slevin told KOB.com. “Day after day, they didnothing, nothing at all, to get me any help.”The former inmate spent nearly two years locked up for a crimehe was never convicted of. He was arrested for drunk driving, butnever had a trial. Forgotten and neglected in solitary confinement,it wasn’t until two years later that a district judge dismissed thedrunk driving charge and let Slevin walk free. But the 22 months insolitary confinement continue to haunt the damaged man.“Your insanity builds,” Coyte told NBC on Wednesday,describing how inmates suffer in solitary confinement. “Somepeople holler or throw feces out their cell doors. Others rock backand forth under a blanket for a year or more, which is what myclient did.”The 59-year-old is now suffering from post-traumatic stressdisorder as a result of his incarceration. He is also battling lungcancer, although there is no evidence that the cancer is related tohis neglect in prison.“His mental health has been severely compromised from thetime he was in that facility. That continues to be the same,”Coyte told NBC. “No amount of money will bring back what theytook from him. But it’s nice to be able to get him some money so hecan improve where he is in life and move on.”Dona Ana County, N.M. has promised Slevin a $15.5 millionsettlement for his ordeal, which is one of the largest prisonercivil rights payouts in US history. The victim initially asked for$22 million, which he was awarded in January 2012. But after numberappeals by the county, which refused to pay Slevin, the settlementwas reduced to $15.5 million on Tuesday.Slevin claims that more than the money, he wants Americans “toknow that the people at the Dona Ana County Jail are doing thingslike this to people and getting away with it”. His lawyer believesthat other inmates have suffered under equally inhumane conditions,and that this case should spread awareness about the tortureprisoners might be enduring in solitary confinement across thenation.“This treatment was a matter or routine there. But this ishappening all over the country,” Coyte told AP.

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Cancer victim kept in solitary confinement for 2 years without trial wins millions

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