Kentucky judge left livid after woman detainee appears without trousers

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Louisville, Aug 3: A woman judge in Kentucky was left livid when a woman detainee was brought into the Jefferson District Court here for sentencing without wearing trousers. It was said that the latter did not get a jail jumpsuit or hygiene products since being taken into custody, a Washington Post report said.

The judge, Amberl Wolf, criticised the jail officials and called the incident "outrageous".

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The woman, who was in custody for a long time after having failed to complete a diversion programme for a shoplifting charge in 2014, was wearing a long shirt only. She was released with a $100 fine and time served, said the jail authorities, the Post reported.

The judge told the detainee in an apologetic tone that she did not want to embarrass her and sought something for her to cover herself.

Wolf presumably complained the matter to the jail administrators over the phone, saying the detainee was not given trousers for three days and also feminine hygiene products, something that the latter's attorney told the judge.

"What the hell is going on," she asked.

She also said that the detainee would be held back till the time she is dressed appropriately to return to the jail, the Post said.

She added: "I am holding her here until she is dressed appropriately to go back to the jail. This is outrageous."

Rules in Louisville suggest that inmates would have to be given clean jumpsuits and bed linens though they are silent for how long the department has to provide such items.

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