Louisville, KY asked in Criminal Law, Business Law, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Kentucky

Q: I visited my fiance at Muhlenberg Detention Center, I was told my pictures were to racy because my cleavage showed.

Now when I go to visit, the front office clerk makes me take my jacket off to determine if I can take my jacket off or if I have to zip it up. I post picture of myself on social media with the same clothes on, they're not distasteful at all. I have children so I wouldn't put myself on there if I was dressed inappropriate, I'm wearing the same clothes I wear to visit him in jail. I know this is wrong but I'm not certain how to defend myself. The staff "lost" my pictures for 3 days, threatened to kick my out and not allow me back. It's a small town with "good ol' boys"...We all know this is wrong but it's typical of inbred rednecks, as they are, but how do I just ignore this?

Also, are the type of pictures that are allowed determined by one person or is there a set standard of rules that I can view?

I was respectful because that's how I was raised but how can the jail steal my pictures then threaten to kick me out?

1 Lawyer Answer
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: Bottom line, visiting an inmate is a privilege, not a right, and corrections has pretty wide latitude in enforcing their rules and regs. There’s no real good end in a case like this, bc there’s no money and no damages. Although you won’t like this answer, safest route is dressing like it church on Sunday so they don’t cut off your visitation on a whim.

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