Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex


To protect the citizens of the Commonwealth and to provide a safe, secure and humane environment for staff and offenders in carrying out the mandates of the legislative and judicial processes; and, to provide opportunities for offenders to acquire skills which facilitate non-criminal behavior.

 About EKCC 

Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex is a medium security institution located in the Appalachian Region of Morgan County in Eastern Kentucky.  Construction began in January 1986 with the ground breaking ceremony presided over by Governor Martha Layne Collins. In order to meet the growing need for inmate housing, the institution was designed to be completed in two phases. The first phase was completed and began receiving inmates in February 1990. Phase II was completed in December 1991. The cost of both phases was $72,979,200. A 50 bed minimum security unit exists outside the fence. The institution sits on 157 acres of land. The design received the 1990 Kentucky Society of Architects of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award of Design Excellence.

Institutional Information

Security StatusMedium/Minimum
Date Opened1990
Population 1689
Total Acreage157
Total Staff377
Black Inmates34%
White Inmates66%
Annual Cost Per Inmate$17,010.89
Daily Cost Per Inmate$46.61
Annual Operating Budget$23 million

Accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA).