According to his lawsuit, Stephen R. Slevin spent 22 months in a New Mexico county jail after being arrested for drunk driving. He never received a trial and was never convicted, but ended up in solitary confinement after someone mentioned he was suicidal.
Between August 2005 and June 2007, Slevin was so neglected that his toenails grew beneath his feet and began to curl. And because his dental issues were left untreated, he was forced to yank out one of his own teeth.
By the time he got out, he was unrecognizable.
As you can imagine, there was a legal battle that followed, which ended in Slevin being awarded $15.5 million. The verdict was one of the biggest federal civil rights settlements in history.