A judge was left fuming after a black woman from Kentucky was humiliated by jail officials when she was brought into a courtroom without wearing any pants.
The defendant in question, who hasn’t been named, was brought to Jefferson District Court on Friday after being held for three days by Metro Corrections in Louisville.
She claimed that she was never given a uniform and was forced to spend her time there without any pants or feminine hygiene products.
The woman was in jail for failing to complete her diversion program for a previous shoplifting charge, The Huffington Post reports.
Shocked by what she was witnessing, Judge Amber Wolf immediately made phone calls to the correctional facility in the video in complete outrage over the poor treatment of the woman.
“I’m not trying to embarrass you, I’m very sorry. Can we get her something to cover up with? Anything, anything, anything. I don’t care what it is,” Wolf told the defendant in court.
A spokesman for the jail, Steve Durham, told local station WDRB that the woman had simply not been in custody long enough to receive a jail jumpsuit.
Jail officials also claimed that the woman was in fact wearing athletic shorts which were covered by a long t-shirt.
Judge Wolf continued:
What the hell is going on? I am holding her here until she is dressed appropriately to go back to jail. This is outrageous. This is her only charge ever. She should have been in jail for maybe a day, tops.
The defendant revealed that she wasn’t the only inmate receiving shocking treatment, claiming that other detainees at the facility were also denied proper clothing and basic hygiene products.
“Am I in the twilight zone? What is happening?” the judge can be heard asking at another point.
Once the defendant came back to the courtroom fully clothed, Judge Wolf apologised.
I just want to tell you how incredibly sorry I am that you’ve been treated this way. No one deserves this, but particularly in a situation like this where you failed to complete a diversion program and didn’t even pick up new charges. The fact you’re in custody is your fault ― you gotta come to court. The rest of this is completely inhumane and unacceptable, and I’m incredibly sorry you had to go through this.
Although initially being sentenced to 75 days behind bars, Judge Wolf handed down a $100 fine and ordered that the woman be released.
The U.S. legal system definitely needs more people like this.