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Louisville Judge Apologizes to Inmate who was Refused Pants in Jail

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“No pants? What?!?”  

Jefferson District Court Judge Amber Wolf was shocked Friday morning when an inmate arrived to court without pants.  The inmate explained she was picked up in Fayette County Sunday, but was not given additional clothing or feminine hygiene products upon arriving to Metro Corrections in Louisville.

Judge Wolf exclaimed in disbelief, “Excuse me? Excuse me, this is outrageous.  Is this for real?”

Judge Wolf responded by stopping court.  The judge called Metro Correction to ask for someone to explain how or why this happened.  She allowed the inmate to leave court to cover herself and mitigated her sentence.

Outraged, the judge asked the bailiff, “Am I in the Twilight Zone?  What is happening?”  

After sharing her disgust with corrections officers, Judge Wolf apologized to the inmate.  “I want to extend my deepest apologies to you for the way you’ve been treated while you were at our jail.  This is NOT normal.”

Judge Wolf also relayed the Department of Corrections’ explanation.  “I can’t explain the situation.  They have assured me that it was a mistake and that it won’t happen again.”

WDRB News contacted jail officials who said that she was wearing athletic shorts, hidden by a large shirt, and that she had not been in custody long enough to wear a jumpsuit.  By the time jail officials talked with WDRB, they denied there had been any problem.

Watch the video in its entirety:


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for Louisville Judge Apologizes to Inmate who was Refused Pants in Jail

  1. ukkatzfan
    3:25 pm July 30, 2016 Permalink

    jail officials said she hadn’t been in custody long enough for a jumpsuit. The video says she had been in jail for 3 days. I think the jail officials need a room as severance pay.

  2. darkknight327
    4:35 pm July 30, 2016 Permalink

    While I do highly commend her on her outrage and disgust over the entire situation, I am very disheartened by her naivety. Nonsense like this is the NORM, not abnormal, in Kentucky jails and prisons 🙁

    • Megan
      10:04 am July 31, 2016 Permalink

      First-hand experience carries a lot of weight.

  3. Ridge Runner
    5:27 pm July 30, 2016 Permalink

    What was she picked up for?

    • RadioshackGreg
      10:02 am July 31, 2016 Permalink

      They say it multiple times in the video. She was picked up for first time shoplifting.

  4. Natty Daddy
    6:25 pm July 30, 2016 Permalink

    Is that an exercise ball behind the judge? Am I in the Twilight Zone? Is this real life?

    • RadioshackGreg
      10:04 am July 31, 2016 Permalink

      Lots of people use them to get off their normal chair and have something else to sit on. It’s good for reengaging the core and working on some dynamic balance. Not sure why that’s so weird to have one in a profession where you’re sitting down for 8 hours a day.

  5. Sergeant
    8:58 pm July 30, 2016 Permalink

    Really stupid situation. Sad that no one who handled or saw this women had enough sense to realize she needed to be clothed. That means from the police who picked her up and everyone in between was incompetent.

  6. Ima Nazzasprized
    7:41 am July 31, 2016 Permalink

    This has made national news.