Adult Institutions


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.

 Institutions & Facilities

The Division of Adult Institutions operates 12 correctional facilities that house Kentucky's adult inmate population. Click on the institution's name to visit their website.



The division's central office is located in Frankfort. There are several branches within the division to facilitate the operations of the institutions.

Capital Construction

The Capital Construction Management Branch (CCMB) manages the construction and maintenance activities and oversees the funds allotted for capital construction and equipment purchases appropriated by the General Assembly for the Department of Corrections' twelve institutions. In addition to construction activities, this Branch is responsible for designing small construction projects, providing assistance on OSHA & environmental matters, providing operational guidance on water and sewage plants and troubleshooting engineering and maintenance problems.

CCMB may be reached at 502-564-2094.


It is the responsibility of the Classification Branch to oversee the classification and placement of inmates in Adult Correctional Facilities and local jail facilities. Inmate custody levels for Kentucky felons are determined through an objective-based risk instrument that was developed through the assistance of the National Institute of Corrections. The classification branch staff develops and monitors the implementation of classification policies and procedures to ensure compliance with changing statutes and system improvements. They are also responsible for reviewing the classification of inmates in local facilities, such as jails and community centers. Training in the classification process is provided to field staff on an annual basis.

The Classification Branch is also responsible for the placement and transfer of inmates between institutions and local facilities. They are responsible for maximizing the efficient use of resources to regulate populations. The placements allow for adequate security levels and meet medical and mental health needs. Inmate placement is done with the consideration for ensuring the adequate protection of the public, staff, institution and inmate.

The Classification Branch may be reached at 502-564-2220.


The Department of Corrections, in conjunction with the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS), provides an extensive education program that includes a literacy program, adult basic education and GED preparatory classes and testing, in all 12 correctional institutions. In FY 04/05, a total of 751 GEDs, 988 vocational certificates, and 266 vocational diplomas were issued during the school year. In addition, there were over 500 inmates enrolled in the college program. The Department also offers a variety of vocational training opportunities in 30 different technical training programs. In FY 04/05, approximately 40% of the inmate population was involved in some type of educational or vocational training program. Comparable academic and vocational programs are also offered at the three facilities with which the department contracts to house inmates. The Education Branch may be reached at 502-564-6490.

Food Services

The Food Services Branch may be reached at 502-564-6490.

Health Services Division

The Health Services Division Services provides administrative oversight and direction for all aspects of inmate health care, including psychiatric and dental services. In addition to ensuring that all inmates receive health screenings, physical exams, primary care, specialty care referrals and emergency services, the Division also provides for chronic care clinics designed to monitor and treat inmates with the following chronic conditions: Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Hepatitis C, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure and HIV infections. This office also coordinates all medical transfers, monitors pharmacy formulary compliance, coordinates the inmate medical grievance procedures and provides clinical consultation and advice to other divisions of the Department of Corrections.

The Health Services Division may be reached at 502-222-7808.

Mental Health

Philosophy and Mission

The Division of Mental Health (DMH) adheres to a philosophy that supports societal, institutional, and offender needs. Consistent with the legislative mandate to assist offender reintegration into society, DMH provides empirically-based mental health services designed to provide a corrective experience. In keeping with the Department of Corrections mission to provide a safe, secure and humane correctional environment, DMH seeks to provide mental health services that are designed to support the maintenance of such an environment. The establishment and maintenance of a safe physical and emotional environment may be accomplished through providing services directly to offenders, consultation/training with institutional staff, or liaison with other statewide agencies.

The Division strives to provide mental health care based on empirically sound interventions that are consistent with general community standards of care as appropriate within a correctional setting. The Division is also committed to providing training for Department of Corrections staff about mental health issues, as well as providing training opportunities for graduate students who desire a career in correctional mental health.

DMH may be reached at 502-564-6490.

Probation & Parole


The primary function of the Division of Probation and Parole is to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth through the supervision of offenders who have been placed on probation by the courts or released to parole supervision by the Parole Board.

The Division is organized into four operating regions and 20 supervision districts. The Division employs 846 staff, including 575 sworn officers who currently supervise over 45,800 offenders.

In addition to supervision, Probation and Parole Officers provide investigative services to the courts and Parole Board, rehabilitation services to offenders, and assistance in employment and home placement. Various duties include court appearances and testimony, reports to the releasing authorities, home visits, drug and alcohol testing, transportation of offenders, referral of offenders to appropriate resources, and monitoring payment of fees, restitution, and community service.

The Division is also responsible for the administration of the Interstate Compact which transfers cases between states and the placement office which assists incarcerated offenders with proper home placements. Additionally, the division oversees the Home Incarceration Program (HIP), which enables Class C and D offenders with non-violent and non-sexual crimes the opportunity to serve the last nine months of their sentence on home incarceration.

The supervision of offenders provided by the Division saves the citizens of Kentucky $57.63 per offender, per day. Offenders on supervision are required to obtain and maintain full-time employment as a condition of their release, thus adding intangible benefits to the economy of Kentucky. Offenders may also be required to pay towards the cost of supervision and make restitution to their victims.

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