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.

 Visiting Information

Days and Hours of Visitation


General Population and Outside Detail - Saturday and Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (except 1st and 3rd Saturdays)

Protective Custody โ€“ Friday and 1st Saturday of each month 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Special Security Unit (Death Row) โ€“ Thursdays and 3rd Saturday of each month 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Registration time for above listed units:  7:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

If visitors for the above listed units need to leave early, they must do so by 12:45 p.m. or stay until visitation is over (1:45 p.m.)

Segregation โ€“ Thursday ONLY 2 hours as scheduled
NOTE:  Segregation visits are non-contact by appointment.  Written approval shall be obtained seven (7) days in advance of the visit from the Deputy Warden of Security.
Registration time for Segregation:   30 minutes prior to the visit.


Visitor's Dress Code 

  1. A visitor shall comply with the dress code for visiting.  The officer in charge may deny a visit if the visitor is not properly attired in accordance with the code.
  2. Footwear shall be worn.
  3. For a female visitor:
      a. A dress, skirt, blue jeans, pantsuit, blouse, and shirt shall be considered appropriate.  Shorts that extend to at least mid-thigh shall be allowed;
      b. Undergarments, including bra and underwear, shall be worn at all times;
      c. Underwear shall be worn if a visitor wears pantyhose;
      d. A slip shall be worn if a visitor wears a dress or skirt;
      e. Clothing that does not completely cover the midriff, cleavage, or breasts shall not be acceptable;
      f. Halter-tops, hot pants, short-shorts, mini skirts, leggings, spandex pants, see-through clothing, muscle shirts, and sleeveless dresses or blouses shall not be allowed; and
    A dress or skirt may have a two (2) inch split in the back only; and the skirt or dress shall not be shorter than two (2) inches above the knee.
  4. For a male visitor:
      a. Underwear shall be worn;
      b. Long pants, mid-thigh length, or Bermuda shorts and a long or short   sleeve shirt shall be considered appropriate; and
      c. A tank top, cutoffs, muscle shirt or see through clothing shall be prohibited.
  5. Clothing, hats, insignia, or emblems considered inflammatory or obscene shall be prohibited.
  6. A visitor shall not wear jewelry except a wedding band.  A visitor shall return any other jewelry to his vehicle.


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