NY inmates sue for dental floss and $500 million

CREATED Sep. 21, 2012

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 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Some jail inmates are trying to put a $500 million bite on a suburban New York county in a lawsuit demanding access to dental floss.

Eleven inmates in the Westchester County jail in Valhalla say in a federal civil rights lawsuit that they are losing their teeth and suffering pain because they aren't allowed dental floss. Several say they brush three times a day, "tongue and gums included," but still suffer bleeding gums, constant dental work, and mental anguish.

Deputy Correction Commissioner Justin Pruyne defended the ban. He says dental floss potentially can be used as a weapon. But he said the staff would look into whether there is some product, maybe floss that breaks easily, that could be allowed.
 
The Journal News first reported on the lawsuit.