Man Awarded $15.5M for Two Years in Solitary Confinement Without Ever Seeing a Judge

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This combination of two photos, both provided by the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department in New Mexico, show Stephen Slevin, on the left, in Aug. 2005, at the time of his arrest for drunken driving, and on the right in May 2007, shortly before being released from solitary confinement. A federal jury has awarded $22 million to Slevin, a New Mexico man who was kept in solitary confinement for two years, and was even forced to pull his own tooth after his arrest for drunken driving in Dona Ana County.

The original award was for $22M, and Slevin eventually accepted $15.5M.

Read the Huffpost story and see video here.

And what’s REALLY interesting is that no county officials have been held accountable for this!

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