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Boyd County jailer requests state remove 60 inmates from troubled detention center to alleviate pressure

By Mark Maynard
Kentucky Today

In an effort to relieve overcrowding, 60 state inmates are being removed from a Kentucky jail that is reeling from two years of problems, including the death of two inmates in the last week.

Boyd County Jailer William Hensley, who was elected to the position in November but took over a month early because of the resignation of the previous jailer, asked for the state inmates to be relocated to alleviate some of the pressure, according to a report in The Daily Independent.

Tier three and tier four inmates, those who pose the highest security threats of the 90 at the jail, began being moved Thursday and more will be transferred Friday, the newspaper said.

Sixty state inmates will be taken out of the Boyd County Detention Center in an effort to relieve pressure from overcrowding. (Photo from Boyd County Detention Center)

They were scheduled to be transferred to various correctional institutions throughout the commonwealth as Boyd County works to get its jail in order.

Hensley said the current fiscal court and the new fiscal court members were made aware of the decision and support it even though it will cost Boyd County some money. The state pays to house inmates in county jails.

Hensley said the moves are being made with the assistance of the Kentucky Department of Corrections, the Kentucky Association of Counties and others.

The facility has dealt with overdoses of inmates, escapes, a riot, a fire and three fatalities in the last six months.

With the removal of the 60 state inmates Thursday and Friday, the inmate population will be at around 240 inmates.

In other steps aimed at improving security Hensley is attending a mandatory training conference next week. At least one jail administrator from Christian County is coming to Boyd to fill in while Hensley is away.

In addition, with the assistance of the Kentucky Department of Corrections and the Kentucky Association of Counties, a team of jail professionals from across the state will come to Boyd County to help train current jail staff. The mandatory training will be in mid to late-December.

Jail professionals from across the state will help with jail security while the training takes place. That bill for assistance is being paid for by the Kentucky Association of Counties, according to the newspaper.

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