It reads like a parody from the Onion. Yet this story is actually on the level:
A group of Westchester County Jail inmates are suing the county for $500 million, claiming in a federal lawsuit that the jail’s refusal to let them use dental floss has ruined their teeth.
In a 25-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Santiago Gomez, 26, the lead plaintiff in the suit who is being held on a gun charge, chides his jailors for violating the prisoners’ civil rights by “not allowing inmates access to dental floss while being aware that failure to use causes cavities.”
Eleven county inmates and their lawyers plan to divvy up the bootie if they hit the jackpot.
Westchester Deputy Correction Commissioner Justin Pruyne said he could not discuss details of the lawsuit, but noted that the jail is not required to provide dental floss to prisoners.
For good reason. Multiple strands of dental floss could easily be used to strangle guards. But courts are unlikely to give that higher priority than the urgent need to enrich lawyers at public expense in the name of their sociopathic clients’ “civil rights.”
On a tip from Wiggins.