Kentucky State Reformatory


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.

 Inmate Programs

Alcoholics Anonymous

This program is based on the twelve-step principle to promote personal recovery from alcohol and to prevent relapse. The program is open to any inmate, but specifically geared toward those with alcohol addictions whose lives have become powerless due to alcoholism.

Anger Management

Anger Management is a cognitive-skill program that promotes growth and positive change in their mood development. The program takes approximately 6 months to complete, but there is no set time frame, as the inmate must complete each of her steps.

Behavioral Modification Therapy

This program is geared towards Inmates with repeated and severe behavioral issues. It is a cognitive behavioral therapy program geared to changing thinking and a commitment to change.

Boy Scouts of America - Troop 825

Troop 825 was started at KSR in 1990 and is the only Boy Scout Troop located inside a correctional facility in the United States. The troop has a membership limit of 25 members, which stays full. The Troop meets once a month for fellowship and study programs.

Camp K-9 Program

The Camp K-9 Dog Program places homeless shelter dogs with carefully selected inmate handlers/trainers to be trained in obedience and socialization. This is an intensive program and upon graduation these dogs are highly adoptable and possess several obedience skills. These dogs are also house-trained, crate trained, leash trained, and respond to voice and hand commands. The dogs arrive spayed or neutered, have been checked for all injury and illness, and vaccinated.

Emergency Medical Technician Program

This is an intensive program that is housed in the Minimum Security Unit. Inmates must meet stringent requirements and complete a comprehensive training program. They must take a state licensing examination to be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Inmate EMTs provide services on the Kentucky State Reformatory's ambulance servicing several institutions providing emergency medical care to Inmates.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library promote literacy and assist Inmates with literacy problems with tasks such as writing letters and reading books. They are also a service club who raise money to purchase books for the Inmate Library and donate to the Inmate re-entry fund.

Hospice Program

The Inmate volunteers, trained by Hosparus, a Louisville-based non-profit that provides hospice care around the region, are charged primarily with serving other Inmates at the end of their lives. They complete a training program that includes compassionate communication, medical care issues and spiritual concerns.

In 2 Work

This program is designed to provide hands-on training that consists of three phases – kitchen basics, retail basics, and servsafe certification, which is highly regarded in the food service industry. The program is available to inmates assigned to the food service area and those closest to their release date. Basic reading and writing skills are taught.

Inside Out Dads

This program is to help incarcerated fathers to become better dads while on the inside and for when they are release. It helps the fathers who will be release to continue their growth as dads when they are on the outside.

Malachi Dads

This program is to help incarcerated fathers to become better fathers. The program develops their skills in five key areas: fathering, spiritual, educational, moral and vocational.

Moral Recognition Therapy

Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT) is a systematic, cognitive-behavioral, step-by-step treatment strategy designed to enhance self-image; promote growth of a positive, productive identity; and facilitate the development of higher stages of moral reasoning. Some of the early steps are done in a group setting, with the group deciding if the inmate has successfully completed each step.


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is an organization that has affiliation with the National NAACP organization. The purpose of this organization is to improve the political, educational, social and economic status of minority groups. The club participates, helps to fund Educational Programs, and some Social events. The NAACP also promotes good behavior, as members must keep clean conduct to participate in the program.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous program is a self-referred, twelve-step program of recovery from drug addiction and is based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. The program is open to any inmate, but targeted toward those with substance abuse issues and teaches measures to prevent relapse.

New Directions

New Directions is a reentry program to help inmates with the barriers they may be facing once released. These barriers may include money management, employment, parenting, housing, supervision, etc.

Out-Patient Substance Abuse Program (SAP)

The Substance Abuse Program (SAP) is a core incentive program that consists of, at a minimum, a six (6) month program. The program uses Nationally recognized models for the population including components such as psycho-education about chemical dependency, 12 step model to manage chemical dependency, relapse prevention strategies, cognitive strategies to correct criminal thinking and aftercare programming.

Pathfinders and Pathfinders Mentor

Pathfinders is a cognitive therapy and educational program. Participants learn Team Building Skills, Resume Writing, Self Esteem, Drug and Alcohol Addiction/Education, Anger Management, Communication, Problem Solving, Time Management, Motivation, Values, and Life Planning.


Sex Offender Treatment is a program that consists of individual and group counseling geared to provide tools that inmates can use for controlling their sexually assaultive behavior. Inmates apply and are screened for acceptance into the program that typically takes eighteen months to two years to complete. The program provides treatment for sex offenders to allow them to manage their deviant behavior and thoughts. Inmates who committed their crimes and who were convicted after July 15, 1998 are mandated by law to complete the program before they are eligible to meet the parole board.

Therapeutic Communities

The Kentucky State Reformatory currently has three (3) therapeutic community Programs. Phoenix, Star and Thrive. Each program is different and administered by a Licensed Psychologist. The programs address mental health, criminogenic and non-criminogenic needs.

Veteran Club

The Veterans Club is an organization available to all military veterans of the United States, regardless of status of discharge, provided they have documented record of service verified by either a DD Form 214 or Certificate of Service. The organization serves as a forum for items of interest to the Veteran, resource center for areas of assistance to Veterans, and a gathering place to share common experiences, concerns, and solutions specific to an Incarcerated Veteran.

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