51-year-old Rodney Cotton from Brooklyn was given the atypical anti-psychotic drug, Risperdal, while locked up at the Manhattan Detention Complex for violating his parole in July of 2011. The drug prescribed by the prison infirmary caused him to have a painful erection which lasted six days. Cotton was left with permanent injuries to his penis after the guards failed to take his pleas for help seriously. He was eventually sent to Bellevue Hospital for emergency surgery after the 4th of July weekend in 2011.

Cotton initially served two and a half years behind bars in 2008 for illegally possessing Vicodin. He was jailed again in June 2011 for violating his parole by flipping a car. After the incident, the former inmate filed a $10m lawsuit against the city, the Department of Corrections, and the city Health and Hospitals Corporation in 2012. He received a settlement of $750,000 on Monday, July 6, 2015 on the eve of his trial.