Blackburn Correctional Complex


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 and Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA): Self-help groups open to any inmate that reports a problem with alcohol or drugs.  The groups are based on the national 12 step principles.

Alcohol and Chemical Treatment Series (ACTS I & II): A thirteen-week faith-based Alcohol/Chemical Treatment program, which focuses on how addiction affects the body.

Anger Management: Participants learn what their various sources of anger are, how to stop their anger before it starts, the connection between violence and anger, the effects of substance abuse on anger and how to learn to live at peace with others.

Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions (AODA)/Life Without a Crutch: A nine-week drug education program that provides pre-treatment orientation to recovery for dependency of all types.  The goal of the program is to encourage the inmate to assess his addictive behavior honestly.

Blackburn Canine Companion Program:  Blackburn Correctional Complex, in partnership with the Lexington Humane Society, initiated the Blackburn Canine Companions Program on February 3, 2009.  The inaugural class consisted of 12 inmates, who completed an application and interview process with BCC and LHS staff.  These 12 inmates were partnered in two-man/one dog teams, for the purpose of providing basic obedience skills to the animals.  The program’s goals are to aid the humane society in training sheltered animals to make them even more adoption friendly to the general public.  In turn, we hope to provide job skills and promote team work among the inmates in the program.


Rotating Canine Companions Program Pictures

Blackburn Canine Companion Pictures
photos courtesy of the Lexington Herald-Leader

Fathers and Children Together (FACT): A parenting program designed to promote positive interaction between incarcerated fathers an their children.  The program consists of a thirteen-week classroom component with topics such as anger management, problem solving, and alternatives to disciplines and life experiences being covered.  The program also consists of a visitation component with the children and fathers interacting and the father being able to utilize the tools learned from the classroom component.  This program is run in conjunction with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky program and is the only one in the Kentucky prison system.

Prison to the Streets (Pre-Release Program): This is a 20-week program designed to present inmates with information necessary to help them with their re-entry into society.


Governmental Service Program (GSP): This program provides an inmate work force to state agencies or projects and provides the inmate with realistic work experience.  Details currently exist with the Kentucky Horse Park and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  Special Details are also provided to other agencies such as the Salvation Army.

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation: This program is a part of a national program and provides care to approximately 102 retired thoroughbred horses, some of which are available for adoption.

Cattle Farm: Blackburn Correctional Complex has approximately 127 registered Angus cattle that are cared for utilizing inmate labor.

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 and computer work zone systems, stackable chairs and folding tables.  The refurbishing of computers is scheduled to begin in 2005.


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.

Technical School: The Kentucky Community and Technical College System provides technical education and certification in the areas of Masonry, Carpentry, Horticulture, Electricity and Welding.  In addition, post-secondary academic courses are provided.


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