January 25, 2012

THE PRISON OFFICIALS SHOULD GET HARD TIME FOR THIS, BUT THEY WON’T: 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 KOB.com. 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.”

Really, these guys should have to spend 6 years in solitary each. But, of course, all that happens is that taxpayers get stuck. Don’t respect these guys. They don’t deserve it.

UPDATE: A reader emails: “Who was governor when this guy was in stir? Just curious as that would seeem to be a black spot on that persons rep or something.” Nah, only if he were a Republican.

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