A federal district judge on Wednesday asked the Justice Department to investigate whether DC prison staff violated the rights of inmates charged in connection with the Jan.6 Capitol riots, media reported.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth made the comments after ruling that DC Prison Department Director Quincy Booth and Director Wanda Patten would be found in contempt, NBC News reported.
Prison officials could face civil penalties if they failed to comply with court orders requiring them to provide the medical records of defendant Chris Worrell, who said staff did not properly handle his hand broken after a doctor recommended that he undergo surgery in June.
Judge Lambert has said he will return the case to US Attorney General Merrick B. Garland to determine whether the prison violates the rights of those accused of the Capitol riots, the outlet said.
Mr Worrell is accused of using chemical spray on police during the Capitol riot. He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to assaulting a police officer and obstructing congressional certification of the presidential election.
The Justice Department has so far charged more than 600 people for their role in the Capitol Riot. Some complained about ill-treatment in prisons by staff and fellow inmates.
The Washington Times sent a request for comment to the DC Department of Corrections and the Department of Justice on Wednesday.