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article imageNeglected prisoner awarded $15.5 million

By Richard A. Heaton     Mar 7, 2013 in Odd News
Dona Ana - Stephen Slevin, former prisoner of Dona Anna County Detention Center awarded $15.5 Million after filing a federal lawsuit against the center for inhumane treatment during his 22 months in solitary confinement at the center.
Stephen Slevin, 59 spent 22 months in solitary confinement at Donna Ana County detention Center in New Mexico after a DWI arrest in August 2005.
Those 22 months had been hell for Slevin, originally from Virginia, who constantly went through cruel forms of torture during his time at the center. At one point, Slevin was so desperate of medical attention, that he was forced to extract a painful tooth on his own.
That isn't the only nightmare to fall upon Slevin, nearly two years without taking a shower caused fungus to grow on his skin, bedsores covered his body, and toenails grew so long that it was painful to walk. What makes things even worse is the fact that Slevin was thrown in solitary confinement without even receiving a hearing or seeing a judge.
Slevin had been released from the center during the month of June 2007 and had since been on a long road to recovery which recently has been difficult as he has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
As of Tuesday March 5th, 2013, after five years, the Dona Ana County Board of Commissioners has finally agreed to reward Slevin with a $15.5 Million settlement for his pains.
Money will never erase the torture that Slevin had went through, whether it's $15 million or $100 Million. However, Matt Coyte, the attorney of Slevin stated in an interview with NBC News on Wednesday, "No amount of money will bring back what they took away from him, but it’s nice to be able to get him some money so he can improve where he is in life and move on."
Slevin was first awarded $22 Million last January but the price had dropped due to appeals from Dona Anna County who refused to pay Slevin.
There are also those who argue that Slevin does not deserve the award because he essentially chose to stay at the center. According to Jess Williams, the Dona Ana County director of public information, Slevin was placed in solitary confinement at his own request, that he refused to be with the general population and that he was offered the oportunity to be released into a cell block with a day room but again refused. More on these statements can be found here
Slevin will be awarded the first $6 Million by the end of the week and the rest will be received over the following days. Hopefully, the money and help that he is receiving will help Slevin get back on the right track.
More on Slevin and his conflict can be found in the New York Daily News and on MSN
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