Justice Dept. alleges conditions at Boyd Co. jail violate Constitution

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division says an investigation into conditions at the Boyd County Detention Center has lead it to conclude that there is reasonable cause to believe that conditions at the jail violate the Constitution.

The department says the results of its investigation indicate prisoners at the jail are routinely subjected to excessive force through the use of chemical agents, electronic control devices, and restraint chairs.

The department says it also concluded there is reasonable cause to believe Boyd County routinely violates prisoners’ rights to bodily privacy through its use of restraint chairs.

According to the department, the jail was sent a written notice of the violations it found and the minimum steps necessary for the jail to take to address them.

“The Constitution guarantees all prisoners the reasonable expectation of personal privacy and the right to be free from excessive use of force,” Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division said in a press release. “Our investigation found reasonable cause to believe that the Jail inflicts punishment without justification and fails to protect its prisoners’ reasonable expectations of privacy. The Justice Department hopes to continue to work with the Jail to resolve the Department’s concerns.”

The Civil Rights Division initiated the investigation in November 2016.

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