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Westchester Jail Sued: No Dental Floss

We couldn’t resist this one:

Westchester County jail inmates  are suing the county for $500 million in federal court, claiming that the jail’s refusal to give them access to dental floss is ruining their teeth.

The trouble with dental floss, according to anti-floss prison authorities, is that it can be used  to garrote a fellow inmate, cut through prison bars or braid a rope for escaping over a prison wall.

Prisoners have used dental floss to escape, although it is rare. In 1994, Robert Dale Shepard made an 18-foot rope out of floss and then used it to scale the walls of a West Virginia prison. In 2002, Scott Brimble used dental floss and toothpaste to weaken wire mesh surrounding the exercise yard at Okanogan County Jail in Washington and then pried open enough of an opening to slip through.

–from photo: abardwell on flickr


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September 24, 2012 2:52 PM

This is what is so wrong with our justice system. This guy has been in prison most of his life, is representing himself, and comes up with a new lawsuit every year or so to waste more taxpayer money and amuse himself.

Perhaps executing him would cure his gingivitis?

September 24, 2012 11:29 AM

Let them all pick up trash, paint buildings, wash clothes and make license plates. Prisoners should be working so dam much that there is no time to floss. They have free medical anyway. Jail needs to be Jail!!!!

September 24, 2012 11:26 AM

There are these little tiny plastic brushes called Gum Soft Picks that can be used instead of dental floss. They cost a little more than dental floss, but I don’t see how anyone could come up with any nefarious uses for them. And they’re bound to be cheaper than a law suit.

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