Matthew Heimbach, head of the Traditionalist Worker Party, center, speaks during a white supremacist rally in downtown Pikeville, Ky., Saturday, April 29, 2017. | Courtesy Lexington Herald-Leader

White supremacist Matthew Heimbach is being held in Louisville Metro Corrections jail Tuesday after a judge revoked his probation.

According to the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, Heimbach was booked at 12:59 p.m. Tuesday for a misdemeanor probation violation, and is currently being held without bond.

Matthew Heimbach | Courtesy Metro Corrections

Mark Bolton, director of Metro Corrections, told Insider Louisville that Heimbach is being processed into the overcrowded, 2,200-inmate facility “just like everybody else.”

Bolton refused to speculate on whether the political views espoused by the Heimbach — founder of the neo-Nazi Traditionalist Worker Party and participant in last summer’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville — would qualify him for separation from the jail’s general population.

“He’s in the preclassification unit right now; a series of housing units with single cell capability where an individual will stay up to their first 72 hours, during which he will go through the validated classification process.”

That process, Bolton said, “takes into account a person’s criminal history, their behavior, previous incarceration, previous arrests” to help determine how a prisoner should be housed and socialized in the jail.

The Courier Journal reported earlier Tuesday that Heimbach, 27, was sentenced to a 38-day stint in city jail for violating the terms of a 2017 sentencing for disorderly conduct as a result of being charged with domestic battery in his native Indiana last month.

At a 2016 Louisville rally for then-presidential-candidate Donald Trump, Heimbach pushed University of Louisville student Shiya Nwanguma, who attended the event in protest.

When asked if Heimbach’s affiliation with far-right political groups and white supremacists would be considered as part of that classification process, Bolton replied, “We use every bit of information as part of that classification assessment to ensure the safety and security of the facility and everyone in it.”

Bolton added that he has no concerns whether Heimbach’s presence will spark violence among the facility’s population.

According to the LMDC website, Heimbach is due back in court May 16.

Jonathan Meador has covered local and state issues for nearly a decade. He has worked for LEO Weekly, The Nashville Scene and WFPL, and his reporting has appeared in Salon, Gambit and others. He has won multiple awards from the Louisville Society of Professional Journalists, including first-place accolades for best news story, women and minority issues, investigative reporting, enterprise reporting and political reporting. He supports both the Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals equally.


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