Jail Inmates Sue For Access To Dental Floss

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Jail inmates in Westchester County, N.Y., have sued the county for $500 million: They want to be issued dental floss. The county is reluctant, saying prisoners elsewhere have used floss as a weapon — and to escape.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a reminder that guns don't kill people, dental floss kills people. Jail inmates in Westchester County, New York have sued the county for $500 million because they want to be issued dental floss. The county is reluctant, saying prisoners elsewhere have used floss as a weapon. They've also used it to escape, weaving ropes out of braided floss or even using toothpaste-coated floss to cut very slowly through cell bars. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.