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Jail officials ready to house Judge Tracie Hunter while supporters plan to fight back

Hamilton County jail officials are making preparations to house embattled juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter, now that a judge has denied a request to suspend her sentence (FOX19) Hamilton County jail officials are making preparations to house embattled juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter, now that a judge has denied a request to suspend her sentence (FOX19)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County jail officials are making preparations to house embattled juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter, now that a judge has denied a request to suspend her sentence.

If the appeals court doesn't step in, Tracie Hunter is expected to begin serving her six month sentence at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 29 and when she shows jail Director, Major Charmaine McGuffey, says her staff at the Justice Center will be ready. 

“She will be considered a high profile prisoner. We do handle high profile prisoners and we do have policy and procedure,” McGuffey said. 

McGuffey says Hunter would be treated just like any other prisoner, but she will be isolated for her security. 

“She will not be placed in general population. We will make accommodation so that we can ensure her safety,” McGuffey said.

Hunter would be kept in a standard jail cell and would be required to wear the standard jail outfit just like any other prisoner.

FOX19 NOW's legal analyst Mike Allen says there is one option that could keep Hunter out of jail. 

“Judge Hunter's only alternative at this point is to try to get a stay from the court of appeals. There is provision in the rules of appellate procedure to do that and I think there's a good chance that the court of appeals will stay her sentence,” Allen said.

Meanwhile Bishop Bobby Hilton says Hunter's supporters aren't going to let her go to jail without a fight. 

“We're putting together a strategic plan. Our entire community, there are members of our entire community that want to react strongly regarding judge Hunter going to jail and on Friday at 4 p.m. in front of the Hamilton County courthouse will we have another press conference announcing some major things that will happen if Judge Tracie Hunter is indeed locked up in jail,” Bishop Hilton said. 

With all the racial tension sweeping the nation from the rash of shootings by police Bishop Hilton says sending Hunter to jail is the last thing Cincinnati needs and it could erode hard won progress in racial relations. 
 
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