In a Claims Journal article written by Jim Fitzgerald entitled: New York Inmates Sue for Dental Floss and $500M, eleven inmates in a Westchester County Jail in Valhalla have filed a $500 Million federal civil rights lawsuit charging that they are losing their teeth and suffering pain because they are not allowed access to dental floss.
The issue at stake is whether the concern for security (i.e. dental floss can be potentially used as a weapon) or civil rights and inmate health will prevail. Santiago Gomez, the lead plaintiff, filed the lawsuit without an attorney. He says other jails permit flossing. The suit asks for $500 million for the alleged violations.