'Kay County, OK — In what is shaping up to look like a scene out of the movie “Cool Hand Luke,” one small Oklahoma county jail has been accused of using “crucifixion cuffing” as a way to punish inmates.
The Kay County Detention Center is the subject of the accusations, according to a report from Oklahoma’s Fox 25 News, which noted that the jail is being accused of a number of abuses. In addition to injuries inflicted from the practice “crucifixion cuffing,” the jail has been accused of putting an African American man, who was known as a prison “bully,” in the commons area with a gang of White Supremacists. A fight ensued and the Black man was reportedly stabbed and beaten so severely he had to seek medical treatment outside of the jail.
The Kay County Sheriff’s office does not run the jail. Instead, it is run by a trust and a board of directors. When confronted about the allegations substantiated by emails from directors, all Jail Director John Jones would say is that his emails could be interpreted a number of different ways but said autocorrect of his emails inaccurately reported the inmate as being stabbed when he was not.
The practice of crucifixion cuffing and placing inmates in needlessly dangerous situations did not sit well with the American Civil Liberties Union. Brady Henderson, legal director for the ACLU of Oklahoma, said, “It is exactly what the name implies…The key feature of a ‘crucifixion’ handcuffing is that you take a detainee’s arms and you put one, one direction as far as it will go and you put the other the other direction as far as it will go.”
The OK State Bureau of Investigations conducted a thorough review of the allegations and issued a report to Kay County District Attorney Brian Hermanson, who will decide if any criminal charges will be filed against jail personnel.'
Read more: Jail Exposed for Punishing Inmates By Hanging Them with Handcuffs Like They’re on a Crucifix
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