Kentucky State Penitentiary


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 Joel Dunlap 

Deputy Warden of Support Joel DunlapJoel Dunlap began his Correctional career at Kentucky State Penitentiary June of 1990 as a Correctional Officer.  Joel was appointed as a member of the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) in July of 1992. He was promoted to Sergeant in September of 1994 and then to Lieutenant in November of 1996. Joel was assigned to the Office of Internal Affairs as a Lieutenant in July of 2000. In June of 2003, he was promoted to head that department as an Administrative Specialist III. In July 2005 Joel served Kentucky State Penitentiary as Unit Administrator II until 2009. In March of 2009 he received his current promotion here at KSP as Deputy Warden of Support over Litigation, Maintenance, Fire Safety, Training, and Food Service departments.

In 1995, Joel received a Distinguished Service Award and in 1996 he received a commendation from General Council. He was also the recipient of the Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Work Performance in September of 1996. In January of 2000, he received the Ace Award. During his 19-year career, Joel has received numerous commendations for finding dangerous contraband, his quick response during several emergencies and also for his outstanding service and dedication to Corrections and Kentucky State Penitentiary.
Joel has attended numerous conferences, seminars, and workshops, which add to his extensive working knowledge of Corrections such as: Internal Affairs Training, CJIS Training Tool Against Terrorism, Criminal Justice Training-NCIC, AFT/ROCIC Street Gangs, Violent Crime Seminar, Midwest Gang Association, National Major Gang Task Force, Kinesic Interviewing & Interrogation I, II, III, and IV. He is also a former member of the Midwest Gang Investigator Association. For several years, Joel served as the contact person for the Criminal Justice Center and the Regional Organized Crime Investigator Center. Joel is a current member of Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency and a member of the Correctional Peace Officer’s Foundation.