Kentucky State Reformatory


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 Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith is a 22-year veteran of DOC and he was promoted to warden at Kentucky State Reformatory in April 2014. He rose through the ranks of Corrections after beginning his career as a probation and parole officer in Jefferson County.

Prior to coming to DOC, Smith worked for five years with the Cabinet for Human Resources (currently the Cabinet for Health and Family Services), in the Child Protective Services Department.

In 1996, Smith transferred to KSR as a classification and treatment officer. He has held numerous positions in DOC, including institutional parole officer at two prisons, unit administrator, deputy warden at Roederer Correctional Complex, and branch manager for Adult Institutions. He was deputy warden at KSR prior to his promotion to warden.

A native and lifelong resident of Oldham County, Smith is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he attended on an athletic scholarship.

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