Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women


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.

 Deputy Warden Wes Dawson 

Wes Dawson was named Deputy Warden at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women May 01, 2010

Dawson began his career in 1988 as a Correctional Officer at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex (LLCC). During his 10 years at this institution, he held numerous positions including yard supervisor on all three shifts, and he was promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant and Senior Captain.

It was also during his years at LLCC that Dawson found one of his true talents when he began serving as an internal affairs officer. In 1998 he voluntarily transferred to KCIW where he continued to perform internal affairs duties. A year later he was promoted to the position of Institutional Procedures Officer. While in that role he supervised the Maintenance Department and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. He also reviewed all grievances and adjustment committee appeals for the Warden and became a duty officer and the prison’s primary Public Information Officer.

In 2001 Dawson was again promoted. During this time he worked directly for Deputy Warden Tom Dailey and was named acting Deputy Warden of Security when Dailey was promoted to Warden at LLCC. He remained in the acting position until Deputy Warden John Wright was hired. Dawson has also served as acting Deputy Warden on two other occasions including most recently when Janet Conover was promoted to warden at KCIW.

In January 2008 Dawson was promoted to Senior Captain. In this position he supervises all three security shifts at the prison. Throughout his entire tenure at KCIW, he has served as either the primary or backup internal affairs officer. He has been called upon by Central Office on numerous occasions to assist in internal investigations. He has also served as a backup for the Department’s spokesperson.