A state inmate and his wife are suing Northpoint Training Center Warden Steve Haney and other state prison officials because they are no longer allowed to have “face-to-face” visits at any of Kentucky’s correctional facilities.
Gerald and Leslie Young filed the complaint recently in U.S. District Court in Lexington, alleging their civil rights are being violated because they have not been allowed see each other since Haney permanently banned Leslie Young from visiting any correctional facility on Dec. 1, 2010.
According to the lawsuit, Gerald Young is serving a life sentence for complicity to commit murder. He was transferred from another prison to Northpoint in October 2010 and was allowed regular face-to-face visits with his wife until Nov. 29 of that year, when he was placed in segregation while a complaint he made against a Northpoint officer was being investigated, the lawsuit states.
Haney’s letter banning Leslie Young provides no “factual basis” for the prohibition against visits, only cites Department of Corrections policies and procedures. She tried to obtain from several sources, including Haney, an explanation for the ban and how she might have her visitations restored , but did not get any responses.