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.

 Warden DeEdra Hart

Hart began her career with the Department of Corrections at WKCC as a correctional officer in 1995. She quickly began moving up the ranks and has held numerous positions within institutions including classification and treatment officers, unit administrator, and offender information supervisor.

Hart is a 23-year veteran of the Department of Corrections and most recently served as warden at Green River Correctional Complex, a post she held from July 2015 to her appointment at KSP. She served as deputy warden at Western Kentucky Correctional Complex (WKCC) from 2012-2015.

Her corrections career includes serving two years as a probation and parole officer in Owensboro.

Hart has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and political science from Murray State University. She is the recipient of the 2004 Commissioner's Achievement Award and a graduate of the Commissioner's Executive Leadership Program.

She has been an active member of the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD) since 2000, and has served three terms as chapter president for the Four Rivers KCCD chapter and 13 terms as secretary for the KCCD board of directors. In addition, she is a four-time recipient of KCCD's Mary Francis Cooper Award. Hart also holds the office of state representative with the Southern States Correctional Association.


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