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Kentucky State Penitentiary


To operate an adult male maximum security institution by providing care, custody and control in a safe and secure environment. The primary program thrust will be directed at moving the inmate to a less secure institution based upon his demonstrated conduct, program performance and need. By encouraging the individual inmate to help himself, it will enhance his opportunity to return to the community as a responsible taxpaying citizen

About KSP

The Kentucky State Penitentiary, located near Eddyville in Lyon County, is the Department's oldest and only maximum security facility. This facility houses Kentucky's Death Row Inmates.

Kentucky State Penitentiary
266 Water Street
Eddyville, Kentucky 42038
(Lyon County)

Warden: Laura Plappert
Secretary: Donna Dunbar
ADA Coordinator: Jeremy Moore​​
Phone: (270) 388-2211


Institutional Information

​Security Status​Maximum
​Date Opened​1889​
​Total Acreage
​Total Staff​348
​Black Inmates​34%
​White Inmates​65%
​Other Inmates​1%
​Annual Cost Per Inmate​$27,818.80
​Daily Cost Per Inmate​$76.22
​Annual Operating Budget​$20 Million

Accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA)