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

**Visitation at KSP has been cancelled for Friday, February 23rd, Saturday, February 24th, and Sunday, February 25th,  2018.**



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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