Matthew Coyte and Jack Jacks argued the case Slevin v. Board of County Commissioners, in which Stephen Slevin sued Dona Ana County, New Mexico for holding him in solitary confinement for almost two years. Mr. Slevin's settlement of $15.5 million has brought international attention to the treatment of mentally ill prisoners and the use of solitary confinement. The case also prompted Senator Richard Durban to hold the first U.S. Congressional hearings on solitary confinement and won Mr. Coyte and Mr. Jacks Public Justice's Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.
This is one in a series of videos I worked on with Rich Tolsma Productions for D.C.-based non-profit Public Justice for the organization's annual gala to honor the Trial Lawyer of the Year. Cell footage provided by Matthew Coyte.
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