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Man spends 2 years in solitary after DWI arrest
msnbc.com ^ | 01/25/2012 | Elizabeth Chuck

Posted on 01/25/2012 3:07:26 PM PST by The KG9 Kid

A New Mexico man who said he was forced to pull his own tooth while in solitary confinement because he was denied access to a dentist has been awarded $22 million due to inhumane treatment by New Mexico's Dona Ana County Jail.

Stephen Slevin was arrested in August of 2005 for driving while intoxicated, then thrown in jail for two years. He was in solitary at Dona Ana County Jail for his entire sentence and basically forgotten about and never given a trial, he told NBC station KOB.com Tuesday night.

"'[Jail guards were] walking by me every day, watching me deteriorate," Slevin said. "Day after day after day, they did nothing, nothing at all, to get me any help."

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This would be world-wide front page news if Bush was still President, with the comparisons drawn to Guantanamo and torture in foreign lands.

Sorry isn't enough in this case, and this can hardly be the only case.

If there was a shred of decency and shame left in Dona Ana County NM, the Chief LEO would drive out to the forest, walk to a remote area, then stick the muzzle of a rifle under their chin and pull the trigger. We'll kindly post their suicide note on the Internet for them.

But I'm sure what will happen is that instead everyone in authority will clam up and pretend that they were all doing their job and nobody can determine who is to blame.

1 posted on 01/25/2012 3:07:30 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: The KG9 Kid

We live in a police state, simple as that. With about 1 in 90, to 1 in 60 (about 1-1.5%) of our population in prison at any given moment, and having more prisoners than anyone in the world (By a factor of 5, compared to the runner up, communist China), it’s necessary to keep the money rolling in. Bloated government has to be funded somehow.


2 posted on 01/25/2012 3:12:46 PM PST by JDW11235 (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: The KG9 Kid

I guess the cops never thought about him. “Why is he still here?”...might have saved 22 million.


3 posted on 01/25/2012 3:14:51 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: JDW11235

It is not the % of people in prison that makes a police state. Most of the folks in prison are there for armed robbery, home invasion, murder, rape, and other violent crimes. If you do that crime plan on sitting in the box forever as far as I am concerned.

This poor guy....I am ashamed of a system that produces this result


4 posted on 01/25/2012 3:16:10 PM PST by Nifster
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To: The KG9 Kid

Two years without trial, no phone call, and no habeus corpus. Isn’t that the law that Congress and the President just passed?


5 posted on 01/25/2012 3:16:54 PM PST by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: JDW11235
(By a factor of 5, compared to the runner up, communist China)

The only reason China would have fewer in prison is that there if you are a big enough annoyance they'll just take you out back and shoot you.

6 posted on 01/25/2012 3:22:18 PM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: The KG9 Kid
Too many people will say to fine the employees, and will ask why the taxpayer through the city/county/whatever should foot the bill. This is why:

Dona Ana County officials were tight-lipped about the case, refusing to answer questions about whether any jail employees were reprimanded or fired over Slevin's treatment.

"We do not discuss personnel issues," Jess Williams, Dona Ana County's public information director, told msnbc.com. Williams also wouldn't comment on whether the $22 million the county was ordered to pay would come from taxpayer money, saying only, "Dona Ana County will appeal the verdict."

He said no county officials would answer questions about why Slevin was held for so long without going to trial, or any other questions related to the legal parts of the case.

If taxpayers accept this level of widespread abuse and lack of accountability, you deserve to pay through the nose till you get rid of those employees.

7 posted on 01/25/2012 3:23:12 PM PST by mountainbunny (Seamus Sez: "Good dogs don't let their masters vote for Mitt!")
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To: The KG9 Kid
It sound like a lot of officials and employees of the detention center should be taking this man place in jail. This is an appalling story.


8 posted on 01/25/2012 3:25:38 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

We had a case here a few years ago where a young woman who was booked on DUI died on her cell floor from a ruptured spleen. She repeated asked for help and other prisoners were yelling at the guards that she wasn’t faking. She was a cute gal with her whole life ahead of her.


9 posted on 01/25/2012 3:27:19 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: The KG9 Kid

Gulag New Mexico. I wonder what the story is about how he finally got noticed and released?


10 posted on 01/25/2012 3:27:48 PM PST by Truth29
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To: The KG9 Kid

In before the “if you can’t do the time ...” posts.


11 posted on 01/25/2012 3:28:09 PM PST by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

2 years in the hole is a long bit

hope he had reading material and they turned lights on and off timely

weeks or months in the dark is tuff

id like some time with these jailer punks


12 posted on 01/25/2012 3:29:41 PM PST by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: Nifster
Most of the folks in prison are there for armed robbery, home invasion, murder, rape, and other violent crimes

IIRC, at least a large plurality of prisoners are non-violent drug offenders.

13 posted on 01/25/2012 3:30:36 PM PST by Yashcheritsiy
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To: The KG9 Kid

The article notes that his friends and sister have been supportive. Query as to where these people were when he was in jail for two years? I would think that a lawyer could have put a quick stop to this before two years passed.

This is, no doubt, an egregious story, but the missing details make it seem odd.


14 posted on 01/25/2012 3:34:57 PM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: The KG9 Kid

This is one of my top five fears. False imprisonment.


15 posted on 01/25/2012 3:35:24 PM PST by Leep (It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: Nifster

You might want to check how many non-violent vs. violent inmates are sitting in cells these days. Looks like the majority are in for non-violent crimes.


16 posted on 01/25/2012 3:36:03 PM PST by meatloaf
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To: Yashcheritsiy

The statistics show that 57% are in federal or state prison for violent crimes and other felonies. Perhaps you are thinking of jail in the local municipalities.

And just exactly what is the IIRC? Is that right in there with amnesty???


17 posted on 01/25/2012 3:36:41 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Dallas59

He made 11 million a year. Not a bad living and he’s sober.
It was the best thing that probably ever happened to him.


18 posted on 01/25/2012 3:37:27 PM PST by takbodan (.)
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To: The KG9 Kid
First of all I don't believe 75% of the article. Consider the source.

I would gladly take 22 million smackers for being in confinement for 2 years.

Will they pay the first Mars astronaut $22 million for the expected two year plus round trip

19 posted on 01/25/2012 3:37:33 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Nifster

IIRC = If I recall correctly ...


20 posted on 01/25/2012 3:45:00 PM PST by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: Nifster; Yashcheritsiy

Wouldn’t that mean nearly half the prison population are in the joint for non-violent issues? Throw in county/city jails, that number is probably closer to 60 percent non-violent.


21 posted on 01/25/2012 3:47:12 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: meatloaf

And what statistics are you looking at? The DoJ stats show almost a million prisoners in state prisons for major felonies less than 260,00 for drug related crimes....

Like the other fellow perhaps you are thinking of jail rather than prison.

And most of those 260,000 folks in prison were probably major pushers, king pins, or other scurulous louts.


22 posted on 01/25/2012 3:47:26 PM PST by Nifster
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To: DallasDeb

And so I site DoJ population statistics from 2009 and 2008 and you site ‘if I recall correctly”.... glad you are the reliable source


23 posted on 01/25/2012 3:49:04 PM PST by Nifster
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To: JDW11235
We live in a police state, simple as that. With about 1 in 90, to 1 in 60 (about 1-1.5%) of our population in prison at any given moment, and having more prisoners than anyone in the world (By a factor of 5, compared to the runner up, communist China), it’s necessary to keep the money rolling in. Bloated government has to be funded somehow.

It's not clear to me how prisoners are funding government. The high number of prisoners is certainly funding private companies that run prisons.

24 posted on 01/25/2012 4:02:46 PM PST by wideminded
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To: bamahead

Ping


25 posted on 01/25/2012 4:09:32 PM PST by TheConservativeParty ( Everytime a democrat loses, a Moonbat gets its wings burned off.)
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To: wideminded

There’s ample room at the feeding trough, I assure you. I don’t have time at the moment to go further into detail. I’ll try and post later this evening.


26 posted on 01/25/2012 4:09:57 PM PST by JDW11235 (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: The KG9 Kid
The $22 million settlement, awarded by a federal jury Tuesday, is one of the largest prisoner civil rights settlements in U.S. history, according to KOB.com.

Is the court transcript available? It might answer some questions about how this happened.

27 posted on 01/25/2012 4:15:43 PM PST by TChad
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To: JDW11235

NOT ONE PROFESSIONAL doing his prison job like an American? They all acted like sadistic Soviets at the prison camp?

This is seriously troubling. I am glad he got 22 million. It should have been enough to close the prison down for lack of funding. I want to know the names of all the animals posing as humans who were in on this crime.

Abusers of police authority should go on a registry like the sexual pervert registry so they don’t get hired for a job with exposure to human beings and surely not with any power over other human beings.


28 posted on 01/25/2012 4:36:38 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: JDW11235
With about 1 in 90, to 1 in 60 (about 1-1.5%) of our population in prison at any given moment, and having more prisoners than anyone in the world

Part of that is "We" have laws. And when they are broken we do something. Period.

Comparing us to China is laughable.

Are you an Amnesty International supporter?

Oh, I agree...that some shouldn't be warehoused...they should be shot.

And some should never have been thrown in jail. A couple joints, an ounce of personal pot. Nope.

The three strikes rule should be thought about again....some perps don't deserve it...for sure.

But.....overall, we throw people in jail who deserve it.

This is an isolated case..and tragic, IF true.

29 posted on 01/25/2012 4:45:15 PM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: Truth29

“”I wonder what the story is about how he finally got noticed and released?””

Me too! How long has he been out? His attorney doesn’t sound too swift but if this guy has some good advisors, he could do a lot of good with his award money for others in the same situation. It doesn’t sound as tho’ he has much zeal for life and who could blame him, but he’d probably jump at the chance to reveal and unveil similar atrocities committed under the color of law enforcement.

Hope he can find some peace and bless those who helped and supported him through the trial.

A wretched story and bitter sweet ending.


30 posted on 01/25/2012 4:56:22 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Cyman

“”I would gladly take 22 million smackers for being in confinement for 2 years.””

With fungus growing under your skin, teeth rotting in your head, never showering, toenails curling into your skin?? And you would plan on keeping your sanity how???


31 posted on 01/25/2012 5:01:01 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Osage Orange

Curious you didn’t say anything about drunk drivers and bar brawlers. I think drunk drivers should not do time unless they cause an injury or property damage...and as far as bar brawlers go...if both sides are willing participants and no one was disfigured or maimed and bar damages are paid for, just give them a fine and community service.


32 posted on 01/25/2012 5:01:57 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre
Well........I was in a rush.

Yeah, I don't think, and I know here in Oklahoma..you aren't getting prison for just a plain DUI..neither for a fight in a bar, unless someone is seriously injured.

But it's going to cost you some bucks!!!!

33 posted on 01/25/2012 5:12:00 PM PST by Osage Orange (molon labe)
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To: The KG9 Kid
So? ...looks like he had a great public defender, who was working for the government employees, pensioners and government-linked businesses in his area. [Little irony and sarcasm there.] That sort of thing happens in many local jurisdictions around the country due to decades of bipartisan, so-called law-and-order politics. The Fourth Amendment is now violated daily.

IMO, in the end, the default process will have been a good thing.


34 posted on 01/25/2012 5:20:52 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

I suspect he really wants a drink now!


35 posted on 01/25/2012 5:57:33 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

That first drink is going to be the best!


36 posted on 01/25/2012 6:19:40 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Nifster
The greatest proportion of prisoners are there for bullshit drug crimes.
37 posted on 01/25/2012 6:20:21 PM PST by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: Cyman
“I would gladly take 22 million smackers for being in confinement for 2 years.”

Super...as if he made a knowing decision.

Here's an idea: let's take you mother/wife/daughter and throw them in prison indefinitely without trial. They'll probably get some money out of it.

38 posted on 01/25/2012 6:26:55 PM PST by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: Osage Orange

It depends on how many offenses...for both infractions.


39 posted on 01/25/2012 6:29:50 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Publius Valerius
The article notes that his friends and sister have been supportive. Query as to where these people were when he was in jail for two years? I would think that a lawyer could have put a quick stop to this before two years passed. This is, no doubt, an egregious story, but the missing details make it seem odd.

Yes... this is very odd. I was reading just the excerpt above, thinking "Where is this guy's family? Friends? Boss? SOMEONE must have been aware...?"

40 posted on 01/25/2012 6:34:30 PM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: Nifster
. . . most of those 260,000 folks in prison were probably major pushers, king pins, . . .

I hate to burst your bubble, but the major pushers and king pins are RARELY the ones that are in prison.

41 posted on 01/25/2012 6:35:24 PM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: The KG9 Kid; All
From The Dona Ana County Detention Center

People to contact...and description about the jail...

Christopher Barela Detention Center Administrator 1850 Copper Loop Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005 Voice: (575) 647-7600 Fax: (575) 647-7625 TDD: (575) 525-5951

The Doña Ana County Detention Center has a staff of 197 full-time positions, which include administrative, security, support and medical staff. In addition to county employees, there are 41 contract personnel and, at any given time, up to 67 volunteers.

Deputy Administrator - Operations and Support: Major Cheryl Roach

Adult Detention Facility: The adult detention facility differs from a traditional linear jail in that there are no bars separating officers and inmates. Instead, they are separated by glass partitions, which allow officers to maintain continuous observation of all inmates and to ensure that inmates are constantly aware that they are under observation.

Housing: Built in 1995, the facility was originally designed with 562 beds. In 2000, an additional housing unit was added and some remodeling was done to increase the number of beds to 846 and the total living space to 166,543 square feet. Inmates are housed in seven secure housing units. Most inmates share a cell with at least one other inmate.

Population: The average daily inmate population in calendar year 2004 was 809. Most of the inmates are pre-trial detainees.

42 posted on 01/25/2012 6:43:47 PM PST by Colofornian (If 94% of LDS repeat voting for Romney, then such RINO-voting reveals a liberal Mormon bent)
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To: JDW11235
(By a factor of 5, compared to the runner up, communist China),

Apples and oranges. First of all, communist China executes people far more rapidly, and for lesser transgressions than we do.

43 posted on 01/25/2012 6:46:56 PM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: The KG9 Kid
I lived for several years in the next county over in New Mexico.
There are lots of “desert rats” in and around Las Cruces, NM. Not many mental health facilities, though.
I really want to hear the rest of the story on this one.
There are related snippets available if one cares to dig a little:
http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_19817478?source=most_viewed
Most of which are long on commentary about the plight of the mentally ill, but fall short on dates and facts regarding this particular man's case.

Do you have any other details?

44 posted on 01/25/2012 6:48:06 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: The KG9 Kid; TheConservativeParty; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; ...
"Day after day after day, they did nothing, nothing at all, to get me any help."



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45 posted on 01/25/2012 6:51:45 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: The KG9 Kid
He was in solitary at Dona Ana County Jail for his entire sentence and basically forgotten about and never given a trial,

I am confused. How is it a sentence when he did not have a trial?

46 posted on 01/25/2012 6:54:16 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (In the good times praise His name, In the bad times do the same, In everything give thanks)
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To: Cyman

“First of all I don’t believe 75% of the article. Consider the source.”

Google Steven Slevin Dona Ana County Jail to find 1600+ articles about it.


47 posted on 01/25/2012 6:55:26 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Publius Valerius
The article notes that his friends and sister have been supportive. Query as to where these people were when he was in jail for two years? I would think that a lawyer could have put a quick stop to this before two years passed.

He likely did not exist on arrest records. Family would not know his whereabouts. With him not on record? No attorney and no court. How did he get out? Who knows maybe he convinced an inmate getting out to notify family. Maybe a guard or other worker finally got a conscience. This used to be more common than you might expect in more remote parts of the country.

48 posted on 01/25/2012 6:55:57 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: IYAS9YAS

Actually, you miss the point. Per CAPITA we blow ANY other nation, by far, out of the water. But in absolute terms, we have more prisoners than even China, who is second in total prisoners, even with 5x our population.

You must be unaware of the police state, so I forgive you. Maybe it’s time to turn off the TV.
There are over 10,000 pages to the U.S. Criminal code, more crimes than lawmakers even can count (It’s impossible for a human being to know the myriad ways you are breaking each day. At the Federal level, the average is 3 FELONIES per day, per person). Furthermore between 1/3 and 1/2 (40% IIRC, it was on a thread 2 weeks ago) of all youths are arrested or detained before adulthood. You simply don’t care because you’re under the (false!) assumption that the police state won’t be used against you some day. It will (and everyone else, too), so, get ready for it. Or go back to the football game. Bread and circuses for all!


49 posted on 01/25/2012 6:58:31 PM PST by JDW11235 (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: The KG9 Kid
22 million! I think that fits the Obama’s description of someone who is filthy rich. Tax the hell out of that SOB.
50 posted on 01/25/2012 7:00:47 PM PST by kempo
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