- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - The Boyd County Detention Center says it’s confident an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice will prove that the jail is complying with federal law.

The Daily Independent (https://bit.ly/2fl4rBv ) reports that the Department of Justice is investigating the jail over whether inmates are adequately protected from the use of excessive force.

Boyd County Jailer Joe Burchett says deputy jailers must occasionally use force to contain inmates in aggressive situations but staff members have not overstepped their authority.

The Department of Justice will also review whether the jail indiscriminately uses restrictive housing without due process and whether prisoners were subjected to an invasion of their “bodily privacy.”

“We will conduct a thorough, comprehensive investigation guided by the facts and the law,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

The detention center said in a news release that it intends to cooperate with the department.

“Although we are confident that the DOJ’s review will conclude that our facility’s policies, procedures, and practices are compliant with federal law, we are prepared to do whatever is necessary to correct any deficiencies they may find,” the detention center said in a news release.

In June, a former jail employee accused Burchett of assaulting an inmate. Local and federal authorities investigated the complaint but found no signs of wrongdoing.

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Information from: The Independent, https://www.dailyindependent.com

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