“This is completely inhumane and unacceptable,” Judge Amber Wolf retorts.
The jury and some people present in the Louisville, ky., courtroom were thrown into a state of disbelieve when a Black woman appeared in court without pants. A report by the WDRB indicates that on Friday morning, the Black female inmate who was not dressed in jumpsuit made an appearance before the Jefferson District Court.
Judge Amber Wolf’s attention was drawn to the fact that the Black woman has been denied pants or any form of feminine hygiene products for days despite her countless continuous requests for them. The lawyer for the Black inmate added that she was also denied shower. This outrageous revelation made the judge furious hence pulled out her cell phone and placed a call to the jail. In the video footage, she could be heard asking the jail, “What the hell is going on?”
The judge then ordered for the Black woman to be properly dressed before proceedings could continue. Dwayne Clark, Metro Correction Deputy Director who gave the Black female inmate clothing admitted that she should have been dressed in a jumpsuit. According to the video of the hearing, Judge Wolf could be heard expressing her amazement about the entire bizarre situation by saying, “This is outrageous. Is this for real?” And then, “Am I in the twilight zone? What is happening?”
Wolf later called back the Black woman to the bench and rendered her unqualified apology. “I’m sorry you had to go through this,” she said.
The stated that she had no charges and it was unlawful to have kept her in custody for that long. The unidentified Black inmate was released from jail with a fine of $100.
This video once again draws attention to the challenges Black people, especially women, face in prisons and detention centers. We already know several cases when Black women mysteriously died in jails; just as it happened with Sandra Bland and Wakeisha Wilson.
Thousands of Black women who serve their terms for minor crimes go through all kinds of discrimination and humiliation. There is a strong need for reforms because detention facilities are being transformed into torture chambers.
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