Supporting a successful transition to the community and maintaining stability within the offender population is central to the mission of the Kentucky Department of Corrections. The Department protects public safety by ensuring that offenders receive programming to support their successful return to the community. Programs are standardized across the Department, implemented with dedicated resources, and regularly reviewed for quality assurance.
This practical guide was prepared to highlight the Department's programs. Each program summary in this directory contains key information: a Program Description, Time Frame, Admission Criteria, Program Content, Applicable Policies and locations.
The Department maintains a catalogue of evidence-based, life skills, promising practice, and substance abuse programs
to address a wide range of reentry, supervision, and incarceration needs. Program offerings vary based on available resources and the needs of the offender population. The Department of Corrections maintains a list of the programs that are currently available.
Programs are programs demonstrated by scientific research to reliably produce reductions in recidivism.Promising Practice
represents a program that may have some research or data showing positive outcomes but does not meet criteria as an Evidence Based program. Promising practices have a clear focus and includes processes of accountability and evaluation.Life Skills
Programs provide strategies to assist in removing barriers for successful reintegration and address skill areas including time management, money management, use of technology, communication, and social skills.Substance Abuse
Programs are evidence based drug treatment programs for individuals with a substance use disorder.
Applicable Corrections Policies and Procedures
See CPP 10.2 Special Management Housing and Restrictive Housing
See CPP 18.1 Classification of the Inmate and
CPP 18.2 Central Office Classification Committee
Chapter 30 - Inmates and Offender Programs
The Kentucky Department of Corrections provides this directory as a means of describing programs offered throughout the Department. This list contains information reviewed for accuracy as of February 1, 2021. Please note, however, that available program offerings are subject to change over time.
Offenders shall not be able to complete the same program or course twice unless authorized staff have approved.
Faith Based programs shall not be eligible for program credit.
Cognitive Behavioral Programs
RSC/RKC Program Matrix
Full Community Programs Catalogue