Kentucky State Penitentiary


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 KSP

Image of KSP FrontThe 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.


Institutional Information


Security Status Maximum
Date Opened 1886
Population   856
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).

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