Kentucky Department of Corrections

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Kentucky Department of Corrections
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Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Commonwealth of Kentucky, USA
Governing body Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Frankfort, Kentucky
Agency executive Jim Erwin, Deputy Commissioner (currently serving as Interim Commissioner)
KDOC Website
* 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. Deputy Commissioner Jim Erwin is currently serving as interim commissioner due to the May 9, 2017 resignation of Corrections Commissioner Rodney Ballard and will continue to serve in this capacity until the appointment of Ballard's replacement by Governor Matt Bevin.[1]

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.

Private prisons[edit]

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.

Death row[edit]

The Kentucky State Penitentiary (KSP) houses the male death row.[2] The Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women houses the female death row. Executions occur at KSP.[3]

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