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Inmate Programs

Inmate Programs

Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA)

Self-help groups open to any inmate that reports a problem with alcohol or drugs. The group is based on the national 12 step principles. The group is sponsored by a Classification and Treatment Officer.

Barkburn Dog Program-A New Leash on Life

Blackburn Correctional Complex, in partnership with the Jessamine County Animal Care and Control (JCACC) since January 19, 2017. The program consist of 20 inmate dog handlers and 10 dogs. The 20 inmates are partnered in two man/one dog teams. The inmates teach the canines basic obedience skills so that the dog can find a forever home one they complete the 8-week class. The program’s goals are to aid the Animal Care and Control in training sheltered canines to make them more adoption friendly. The program also provides job skills and promotes team work among the inmates in program.

Inside Out Dads

A 6-month program to help incarcerated fathers to become better dads while on the inside and for when they are released. It helps to encourage the family unit when the father will be released and continue their growth as dads.

Moral Recognition Therapy Groups:

(MRT, Anger Management, Relapse Prevention, MRT Mentor)

A 6-month counseling program that combines education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises designed to foster moral development in treatment resistant clients. MRT addresses beliefs and reasoning and is a systematic, step-by-step group counseling treatment approach for treatment resistant clients. The program is designed to alter how clients think and make judgements about what is right and wrong. The MRT system approaches the problem of treating populations by targeting problems associated with low levels of moral reasoning.

New Directions

New Directions is a re-entry program to help inmates with barriers they may face once released. These barriers may include money management, employment, parenting, housing, supervision, job interviewing skills, etc. New Directions is broken into 19 modules with 10 sub categories.

Safety Specialist

This is a program where inmates receive two 30 hour OSHA cards for General Industry and Construction, CPR/First Aid/AED training and certification, and Forklift Certification. Along with doing safety inspections and confined space training.

In2Work Aramark Food Service

This program is designed to provide hands on training that consists of three phases; kitchen basics, retail basics, and serve safe certification, which is highly regarded in the food service industry. The program is available to inmates in the food service area. Upon completion, inmates receive a SafeServe Certification.

Soft Skills Boot Camp

This is a nine module/video and two-bonus program module/video program. Soft Skills Boot Camp is designed to assist inmates in getting a job upon release. The program teaches soft skills, work ready skills such as communication, problem solving, customer service, teamwork, and conflict resolution.

Veterans Club

The Blackburn Correctional Complex Veteran’s Club is a volunteer membership that links civilian/military resources and incarcerated veterans of all branches of military service who have served during times of peace and times of war. The club strives to support veterans by encouraging lifestyle management principles that contribute to success with their incarceration, community, spiritual and emotional needs.


Governmental Service Program (GSP)

This program is provides an inmate work force to state agencies or projects and provides the inmate with a realistic work experience. Details currently exist with the Kentucky Horse Park and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Special Details are also provides to other agencies as needed and that are approved.

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF)

Blackburn Correctional Complex manages one of seven Second Chances Farms for Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), which is the only one currently in Kentucky. The Farm houses 57 Thoroughbreds that have retired or have limited athletic future. The inmates participate in horse care and farm management. They learn basic veterinary care, biology/anatomy, grooming, dental care, and training the horses. There is also classroom work and teaching that if the inmate successfully completes a written exam may earn meritorious good time toward their sentence.

Cattle Farm

Blackburn Correctional Complex has over 100 registered Angus cattle that are cared for utilizing inmate labor. The cattle farm has two calving seasons per year.

Correctional Industries

The purpose of the Correctional Industries program is to use inmate labor to produce and perform services that are a benefit to the Commonwealth and provide the inmate with a realistic work experience and marketable skill upon release. BCC Prison Industries operations include office panel computer work zone systems and mattresses.


Academic School

Provides assistance in skills in reading, writing and math for inmates functioning at any level. Inmates may earn a GED. All inmates without a GED are required to participate in this educational program.


Adult Secondary Education (ASE) and GED Preparation. Adult Secondary Education courses prepare students for the General Educational Development (GED) test. The GED test has four subjects: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.




The Horticulture Program offers two phases of vocational education. Phase I consists of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Curriculum, NCCER Your Role in the Green Environment, National Career Readiness Certificate, and (2) OSHA 10 Hour Safety Courses (Construction and General Industry). Phase II consists of the NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) Certification in Horticulture, Landscaping Option.


The masonry program is a 10-month program providing inmates with entry level masonry skills that will enable them to enter the workforce. Masonry uses a curriculum established by NCCER, a nationally recognized curriculum used by technical schools and apprenticeships throughout the nation. Masonry consist of three levels composed of twenty-one modules. Students also complete two 10-hour OSHA courses as part of the VT Fundamentals.