A judge presiding over a District Court in Louisville, Kentucky, recently proved that the justice system is supposed to work for the good of the people.
Judge Amber Wolf was shocked on Friday when a female Metro Corrections inmate was brought into the courtroom and appeared not to be wearing pants. The woman’s attorney then went on to explain to Judge Wolf that the corrections officers refused to give her pants and feminine hygiene products. They also claimed that several inmates were denied showers.
This was enough for Wolf to pick up the phone, call the jail, and ask, “What the hell is going on?”
Wolf spoke to correction services director Mark Bolton and explained to him that she would not tolerate this kind of treatment of an inmate. She asked why the female inmate was not given a jumpsuit to wear.
At one point, Wolf appeared so deeply in disbelief that she shook her head and asked, “Am I in the Twilight Zone.”
Steve Durham, spokesman for the jail, claimed that the woman had athletic shorts that were covered by her T-shirt. He also explained that the woman had not been in police custody long enough to receive a jumpsuit.
"This is pretty standard that when individuals are arrested, they remain in the clothing that they’ve been arrested in," Durham said. "Especially for the first 72 hours."
Eventually, jail officials brought alternative clothing for the woman to wear, but Judge Wolf was still not finished. Wolf was confused as to why the county gave the woman a 75 day sentence for not completing a diversion program on a 2014 shoplifting charge. Wolf believed that for this offense, the woman should have been in jail for one day and then immediately released.
When Wolf released the woman, she had the woman approach the bench and said to her, “This is completely inhumane and unacceptable. I'm sorry you had to go through this."
The woman received no additional charges and only had to pay a $100 fine.
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