Little Sandy Correctional Complex


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 Joseph Meko

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Joseph Meko began his career as a Correctional Officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Petersburg, VA. He worked his way up through the ranks, working as a Unit Manager, Executive Assistant to the Warden and Associate Warden at the prison in California, West Virginia, Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina and Kentucky. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Ashland community College where he taught Corrections and Criminal Justice classes.

A resident of Russell, Kentucky, and a 35 year veteran in Corrections, Mr. Meko received his master’s degree from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Gannon University in Erie, PA.  He is an active member of the American Correctional Association, the Knights of Columbus, the Tri-State Law Enforcement Council, the Southern States Correctional Association, the Northern American Association of Wardens and Superintendents. He also holds joint memberships on the Community Relations Boards at the U.S. Penitentiary Big Sandy, KY and the Federal Correctional Institution Ashland, KY.

While not at work Mr. Meko spends his leisure time enjoying activities such as fishing, boating and hunting. He also enjoys sports such as soccer and football.

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