Tuesday 17 October 2017

'Forgotten' prisoner gets $15.5m payout

A MAN arrested for suspected drink-driving and held in solitary confinement for nearly two years after prison authorities "forgot" about him has accepted a $15.5m (€12m) settlement, one of the largest US civil rights payouts to a prisoner.

Stephen Slevin (59), who was never convicted, spent 22 months in a New Mexico jail cell, where his toenails grew so long that they curled under his feet, he developed bedsores and fungus and fell into a state of delirium.

Mr Slevin was stopped by police in August 2005 and accused of being drunk and in a stolen vehicle. He was never seen by a judge, yet he was put in solitary confinement at the Dona Ana detention centre near the US border with Mexico.

Irish Independent

Independent.ie Comments Facility

INM has taken the decision to remove the commenting facility on its online platform Independent.ie to minimise the legal risk to our business that arises from Ireland's draconian libel awards system.

We continue to look forward to receiving comments through direct email contact or via social media, some of which may still be featured on the website Independent.ie


Editors Choice

Also in World News