The United States Supreme Court in favor of an inmate in Taylor v. Riojas, a decision that was issued yesterday.
What happened in Taylor?
Texas inmate Trent Taylor was subjected to inhumane conditions in his Texas jail cell, after being committed to the unit following a suicide attempt. The conditions described were horrifying. Taylor was stripped naked and placed in a cell covered in feces from previous residents. The feces contaminated his water supply, leading Taylor to not eat or drink for four days out of fear of becoming ill. Correctional officers then moved Taylor to another cell, which was equally horrific. The second cell was a “seclusion cell” with no bed or other furniture, and no toilet to use, just a drain for bodily fluids. As if the conditions would not get worse, the cell was frigidly cold, and Taylor had nothing but a suicide blanket for warmth. He was forced to sleep on the urine-soaked floor. As a result of these conditions, he could not use the bathroom for over 24 hours, and as a result, Taylor suffered a distended bladder requiring catheterization.