Boyd County Detention Center jailer indicted on criminal charges

Boyd County, KY (WOWK) - Boyd County Detention Center Jailer Joe Burchett has been indicted on criminal charges follow an investigation into incidents at the jail involving prisoner escapes, overdoses, and a riot.

The indictment was issued today. 

According to a release from the Boyd County Commonwealth Attorney's Office, Burchett was indicted on charges of malfeasance or neglect of county officer while serving as a public officer. 

A criminal malfeasance investigation began in December against the Boyd County Detention Center.

All district judges in Boyd County recused themselves from the case in December as well, according to Boyd County Commonwealth Attorney's Office.

Four escapees were charged in January 2018. 

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