Bell County Forestry Camp


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.

 About BCFC

Picture of BCFC DormThe Bell County Forestry Camp is a 300-man minimum security institution located in Bell County near Pineville. This facility, which opened in 1962, provides inmate labor to the Division of Forestry for fire fighting and fire break clearing. Governmental Services Program work details are also provided for other city, county and state agencies.

Physical Layout

BCFC is situated approximately fourteen (14) miles south-west of Pineville, Kentucky. BCFC grounds cover an area of approximately fifteen acres in rural Bell County. There are fourteen buildings on the compound that include a dormitory, which contains three casework offices and two temporary holding cells. In addition to the dormitory, there other buildings which consist of an academic school, administration building, procedures office, medical building, multi-purpose building, recreation building, kitchen/dining hall, inmate library, inmate canteen, chapel, caustic/toxic, maintenance, training center and a number of storage, utility and support buildings. A water plant supplies the institution with drinking water as well as a sewage treatment plant.

Institutional Information

Security StatusMinimum
Date Opened1962
Population  300
Total Acreage15
Total Staff49
Black Inmates35%
White Inmates65%
Annual Cost Per Inmate$16,674.46
Daily Cost Per Inmate$45.68
Annual Operating Budget$3.9 million

Accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). BCFC was first accredited in 1990. The most recent re-accreditation was November 2013 with a score of 99.51%.

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