Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women


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 KCIW

Kentucky Correctional Institution for WomenThe Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women (KCIW) houses adult female felons for the Commonwealth from all 120 counties in Kentucky. The institution first opened in 1938 and is located on 270 acres in Shelby County near the town of Pewee Valley and has been ACA accredited since 1982. The institution is a campus style setting with multiple housing units, double and single-bunked.

The Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women is considered a multi-custody facility as differential housing and programming must meet the needs of female offenders serving one year to life, death row, maximum, medium, minimum, community custody, first offenders, persistent offenders the disabled and special needs inmates.

Institutional Information

Security Status Mupltiple
Date Opened 1938
Population   683
Total Acreage 270
Total Staff 220
Black Inmates 137
Hispanic/Other Inmates 5
White Inmates 541
Annual Cost Per Inmate $28,212.01
Daily Cost Per Inmate $77.29
Annual Operating Budget $11.9 million

Accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA).

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