Justice Department Investigation Concludes Boyd County Jail Violated Constitutional Rights

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division concluded an investigation into conditions at the Boyd County Detention Center in Catlettsburg, Kentucky. The Justice Department concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that conditions at the jail violate the Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution. Specifically, the Department concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that Boyd County routinely subjects prisoners to excessive force through the use of chemical agents, electronic control devices, and restraint chairs. Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division said that their investigation found reasonable cause to believe that the Jail inflicts punishment without justification and failed to protect its prisoners’ reasonable expectations of privacy. The Civil Rights Division initiated the investigation in November 2016 under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, which authorizes the Department to take action to address a pattern or practice of deprivation of constitutional rights of individuals confined to state or local government-run correctional facilities.

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