Kentucky Department of Corrections
|Kentucky Department of Corrections|
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|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||Commonwealth of Kentucky, USA|
|Governing body||Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet|
|Agency executive||Rodney Ballard, Commissioner|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Kentucky Department of Corrections is a state agency of the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet that operates state-owned adult correctional facilities, provides oversight for and sets standards for county jails. They also provide training, community based services, and oversees the state's Probation & Parole Division. The agency is headquartered in the Health Services Building in Frankfort. On March 14, 2016 Rodney Ballard was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin to replace the retiring LaDonna Thompson as Commissioner. Thompson, who was appointed by former Governor Steve Beshear in 2007, and was the first woman to be appointed to that post in the state's history.
Since the beginning of the 2015 Fiscal Year, the department has seen a staffing shortage of epic proportions due to low salaries, constant overtime (currently nearing $10 million), and the lure of higher paying jobs in the private sector. What were once 8-hour days and 40-hour weeks with occasional overtime turned into 12-hour days and 60-hour weeks out of necessity. In response to this staffing crisis and continued pressure from correctional employees, the Kentucky Legislature held a special session and approved an immediate 13.1% salary increase for current security staff, moved non-security staff to 40 hour work weeks, and increased the starting salary for Correctional Officers from $23,346 to $26,400 annually. Shortly after taking office, Governor Bevin included $4.5 million in his biennial budget proposal to provide retention raises for correctional staff.
Following is a list of Kentucky state prisons:
|Name||Location||Security level||Year opened||Population (2015)||Notes|
|Bell County Forestry Camp||Pineville, Kentucky||Minimum||1962||300|
|Blackburn Correctional Complex||Lexington, Kentucky||Minimum||1972||594|
|Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex||West Liberty, Kentucky||Medium||1990||1,689|
|Green River Correctional Complex||Central City, Kentucky||Minimum/Medium||1994||982|
|Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women||Pewee Valley, Kentucky||All||1938||683||Women's facility housing all security levels, including death row.|
|Kentucky State Penitentiary||Eddyville, Kentucky||Maximum/Supermax||1886||856|
|Kentucky State Reformatory||La Grange, Kentucky||Medium||1936||2005|
|Little Sandy Correctional Complex||Sandy Hook, Kentucky||Medium/Maximum||2005||1012|
|Luther Luckett Correctional Complex||La Grange, Kentucky||Medium/Maximum||1981||987||Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center located within the same compound|
|Northpoint Training Center||Burgin, Kentucky||Medium||1983||1230|
|Roederer Correctional Complex||La Grange, Kentucky||Medium/Minimum||1976||1002||Male Intake Facility|
|Ross-Cash Center||Fredonia, Kentucky||Minimum||2015||200||Women's minimum security facility adjacent to the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex.|
|Western Kentucky Correctional Complex||Fredonia, Kentucky||Medium/Minimum||1977||693||Formerly a women's facility. Converted to men's facility in 2015.|
As of June 2013, Kentucky ended its decades long relationship with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), closing Marion Adjustment Center, the last private prison in Kentucky that housed Kentucky inmates. This decision was widely applauded across the state, as the tax dollar savings totaled in the millions.
Otter Creek Correctional Complex in Wheelwright, Kentucky was closed in 2012 amid continued allegations of medical neglect, shoddy security, and sexual abuse of inmates from staff. It is still owned by CCA and sits vacant. Discussions have been held periodically to use the vacant Otter Creek facility as a nursing home for Kentucky's ever growing elderly population, with medical care needs that most institutions are not equipped to handle.
Lee Adjustment Center, also operated by CCA, housed out-of-state inmates from Vermont until 2010. As of 2016 this facility is also vacant.
- List of law enforcement agencies in Kentucky
- List of United States state correction agencies
- List of U.S. state prisons
- "About Us." Kentucky Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 8, 2009.
- Barrouquere, Brett. "Inmate challenges sedatives used in lethal injections Wilson also claims state doesn't provide enough information to inmates." The Harlan Daily Enterprise. November 24, 2007. Retrieved on September 8, 2010.
- "Kentucky State Penitentiary Prepares For 165th Execution." WLKY. Retrieved on September 8, 2010.