Louisville Judge Hammers Officers Over Vile Treatment Of Female Prisoner (VIDEO)
Louisville judge Amber Wolf couldn’t believe her eyes.
Officers brought in a female Metro Corrections inmate to the Jefferson District Court on Friday morning without a jumpsuit. It also looked as if she wasn’t wearing pants.
This judge got angry for all the right reasons
So Wolf grabbed her cell phone and called the jail and asked to speak to Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton. Reaching a subordinate, she told the person to ask Bolton “why there is a female defendant standing in front of me with no pants on?”
“What the hell is going on?” she asked. “I’m holding her here until she is dressed appropriately to go back to jail. This is outrageous.”
In the video below, an attorney for the woman can be seen telling Judge Wolf at the Friday morning hearing that the jail “refused to give her pants and any kind of hygiene products that she needed.”
The attorney also claimed inmates were being denied showers. The woman, who isn’t identified, estimated she’d been in jail for “two or three days,” and said she was arrested in the clothes she was wearing.
“Excuse me? This is outrageous. Is this for real?” Judge Wolf asks, adding, “Am I in the Twilight Zone? What is happening?”
Jail officials told Wolf that the defendant was wearing athletic shorts which were hidden by her long shirt. And even though the woman had been in custody for 72 hours, Jail spokesman Steve Durham told Channel 41 that the woman wasn’t in custody long enough to be issued a jumpsuit.
“This is pretty standard that when individuals are arrested, they remain in the clothing that they’ve been arrested in,” he said. “Especially for the first 72 hours.”
Metro Corrections Deputy Director Dwayne Clark disagreed, and brought the woman clothing during her hearing.
“Dressed like she was, she should have been changed into a jumpsuit. I gotta look into why she wasn’t.”
Saying that the woman shouldn’t have been held for more than a day, the judge released her on time served, along with a $100 fine.
After Clark brought the woman clothing, she reappeared in the courtroom, and the judge told her “This is not normal. I’ve never seen this happen.”
What’s pretty amazing is that she apologized to the woman, whose treatment she said, “was completely inhumane.” Wolf added, “I’m sorry you had to go through this.”
Kudos to this judge for showing an ounce of kindness and outrage. This inmate didn’t lose her humanity when she wound up in jail, and it’s sad that Wolf had to remind people of that fact.
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