NM Woman Settles Solitary Confinement Lawsuit

Feb 7, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman who says she was kept in a filthy, isolated New Mexico jail cell for months at a time has agreed to a $1.6 million settlement.

Fifty-one-year-old Jan Green filed a federal lawsuit last year against Valencia County, alleging she was held in deplorable conditions on and off for two years.

According to the lawsuit, Green was kept in conditions so bad that a sock rotted into an open wound on her foot. Court papers also say Green, who suffers from a mental illness, was denied feminine hygiene products for lengthy stretches and was "allowed to bleed on herself for months at a time."

The settlement also calls for Valencia County Detention Center not to hold inmates in a certain isolated cell for more than 48 hours.