Prisoner gets $15.5 million, A prisoner in New Mexico was recently awarded $15.5 million for inhumane treatment. Stephen Slevin spent close to two years in solitary confinement, and it doesn’t appear that the Dona Ana County Jail has any legitimate reason to justify their actions.
According to The Lookout, Slevin was arrested in 2005 for suspicion of driving under the influence. Police also thought that Slevin was driving a stolen car and brought him to the county jail. Slevin was never brought before a judge, and he was never officially convicted of a crime. But he was thrown into solitary confinement for 22 months. Reported Inquisitr...
Slevin’s attorney, Matt Coyte, said: “He was driving through New Mexico and arrested for a DWI, and he allegedly was in a stolen vehicle. Well, it was a car he had borrowed from a friend; a friend had given him a car to drive across the country … When he gets put in the jail, they think he’s suicidal, and they put him in a padded cell for three days, but never give him any treatment.”
Coyte said that his client had fungus growing on his skin by the time he was released. He also shed 50 pounds, saw his toenails grow and wrap around his foot, and eventually had to pull his own tooth after he was denied medical treatment.
Coyte also said that that his suffered tremendous mental trauma from the ordeal.
Coyte said: “His mental health has been severely compromised from the time he was in that facility. That continues to be the same. No amount of money will bring back what they took away from him … But it’s nice to be able to get him some money so he can improve where he is in life and move on.” Tolong Share ya ^^