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Man Held in Solitary Confinement 2 Years After DWI Gets $22M


A man who spent two years in solitary confinement after getting arrested for DWI was awarded $22 million for suffering inhumane treatment in New Mexico's Dona Ana County Jail.

Stephen Slevin was arrested in August of 2005 for driving while intoxicated, according to NBC station He said he never got a trial and spent the entire time languishing in solitary, even pulling his own tooth when he was denied dental care.

"'[Prison officials were] walking by me every day, watching me deteriorate," he said. "Day after day after day, they did nothing, nothing at all, to get me any help."

Slevin said he made countless requests to see a doctor to get medication for his depression, but wasn't allowed to see one until only a few weeks before his release. He also never got to see a judge.


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Comment by James Eldridge
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"Slevin, who now suffers from PTSD and believes he will have to take medication for life as a result." - I know from my point of view, 22 million would relieve me of PTSD rather quickly. - If this guy knows whats good for him, then he had better get his money sent to a foreign country and get the hell out of the states.

Comment by Stupid Amerkin
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I think the bastards responsible for this, should be put in solitary confinement for 2 years including the sheriff and those running the jail. Winning a law suit is one thing. Collecting is another. Did this man get his money yet?

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