'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.