Prisoners Sue for $500 Million Because They Don’t Have Dental Floss

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 in the complaint that they brush three times a day, ‘tongue and gums included,’ but still get cavities and suffer bleeding gums, constant dental work for temporary fillings, and mental anguish.

The Journal News first reported on the lawsuit.

Deputy Correction Commissioner Justin Pruyne defended the ban, saying that dental floss ‘potentially can be used as a weapon.’

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