The Western Kentucky Correctional Complex is located in Lyon County. It was originally constructed in 1968 as a satellite facility and work camp of the nearby Kentucky State Penitentiary (KSP). WKCC became a separate correctional minimum security facility in 1977. In 1989, the institution was converted to medium security with a minimum unit remaining outside the fence, at that time it was named Western Kentucky Correctional Complex. In April of 2010 the institution transitioned from an all-male facility to a female facility. In October of 2015, WKCC returned the population to male facility.
Today the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex operates as a four hundred ninety-three (493) bed medium security facility which houses adult male offenders within a fenced perimeter. It includes a fifty-one (51) bed Assessment Center that serves the Western Region institutions and forty (46) bed Restricted Housing Unit. The facility also offers fifty-seven (57) beds as a residential Substance Abuse Program. The remaining three hundred thirty-nine (339) inmates provide support services for the institution such as maintenance, food service, laundry service, as well as participate in the many educational opportunities and programs offered at WKCC.
On the grounds of the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex is a regional recycling center. WKCC partners with the Ross-Cash Center and Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties along with LBL and the Division of Forestry Service and the Army Corps of Engineers to successful recycle cardboard, paper, steel and aluminum cans, plastic bottles and jugs and glass throughout the surrounding area.
Also on the grounds is the Western Regional Training Center. At this facility, Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole, and other agency staff come to train or meet. WKCC supports this building and staff.
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Accredited by American Correctional Association (ACA) since 1988.