Dozens of inmates removed from troubled eastern Kentucky jail

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CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - Dozens of state inmates are being removed from a troubled jail in eastern Kentucky.

The Independent reports 60 inmates are being removed from the Boyd County Detention Center to relieve overcrowding while newly appointed Jailer William Hensley works to address security concerns at the facility in Catlettsburg. Hensley said officials began removing inmates on Thursday.

Hensley took over the jail this week when former Jailer Joe Burchett abruptly resigned following two inmate deaths. The jail has been plagued by problems for more than a year. Local prosecutors began investigating in 2017, citing issues that included inmates fighting with guards and setting fire to items, multiple escapes and several overdoses. Burchett was indicted in February on a charge of malfeasance.

Hensley said local and state officials are working together to try to made improvements at the jail.

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