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.

 General Inmate Information 

Below is information and instructions on how to mail a letter to an inmate, send money to an inmate and what to do in case of an emergency. 

Inmate Mail 

All incoming mail shall be sent via the US Postal Service and addressed with the inmate’s name and their institutional number to Kentucky State Penitentiary, 266 Water Street, Eddyville, KY 42038. All incoming mail is opened and inspected for contraband.


Sending Money 

Money for an inmate’s account shall be in the form of a United States Postal Money Order only. Cash or personal checks will not be accepted. Postal Money Orders shall be sent via US Postal Service in c/o Inmate Accounts and contain no other items or correspondence as they will be returned to the sender.

In addition, payment will be accepted via the Western Union Quick Collect System. The person sending money will need to fill out a Blue Quick Collect Form available through Western Union Agents.The information the sender will need to send money is as follows.

Made payable to:

Kentucky State Penitentiary
Code City - KYPEN
State - KY

Where the form asks for Account Number, both the inmate's name and institutional ID number are requried.

Deposits shall not exceed $200 for any one deposit, except from IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS.


In the event of an emergency, you may contact the Institution at (270) 388-2211. Either the Chaplain,Shift-Captain or the Program Director shall be notified of emergencies. The only way an inmate may speak with you over the phone is when he calls you. No inmate may receive a telephone call from outside the institution. All inmate calls shall be collect and you are responsible for the charges.