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04-08-2006, 03:46 PM
266 Water St./PO Box 5128
Eddyville, Kentucky 42038
Warden: Tom Simpson
Secretary: Teresa Hughes

Phone: 270-388-2211

The Kentucky State Penitentiary, located near Eddyville in Lyon County, is the Department's oldest and only maximum security facility. This facility houses Kentucky's Death-Row inmates.


Security Status Maximum
Date Opened 1886
Population Capacity 856
Total Staff 348
Black Inmates 34%
White Inmates 65%
Other Inmates 01%
Annual Cost Per Inmate $23,718.59
Daily Cost Per Inmate $64.80
Annual Operating Budget 16 million
Accredited by American Correctional Association (ACA)

Institutional Programs

· Academic School: The school is an adult basic education program designed for the inmate student encompassing literacy through a general equivalency diploma. It is offered to General Population and Protective Custody Inmates, with an average total enrollment of 60 inmates.

· Night School: An after hours education program designed to allow inmates with daytime work assignments the opportunity to attend school and work toward a general equivalency diploma. Approximately 15 General Population Inmates attend this class.

· Adult Technical Education: Post secondary vocational education is available in three areas: Carpentry, Auto Body, and Electrical Technology. Theses programs are available to General Population inmates.

· Pre-Release Program: This 16 hour program is offered to inmates who are nearing expiration of their sentence or parole eligibility date. It includes components regarding parole issues, public assistance, parenting, employment, and self-development. It is designed to provide skills to successfully reintegrate inmates into society and help them seek employment and assistance.

· Sex Offender Treatment Program: A Kentucky Department of Corrections Program presented by the Division of Mental Health. The program is designed to provide mandated treatment to eligible sex offenders through a series courses which focus on inmates taking and maintaining personal responsibility through obtaining a thorough understanding of past sexually abusive behavior and development of a prevention plan to avoid relapses.

· Drug and Alcohol Education Program: This program is presented by the trained mental health staff and provides a pre-treatment orientation to recovery from dependency of all types. The training program presented is titled “Life Without a Crutch”.

· Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT): MRT is a cognitive-behavioral, group centered program. It involves the development and maturation of the moral decision making process. The program is designed to raise the level of the participant’s moral choices to an appropriate age level for a normal adult. The program is open-ended (progresses at his own pace) usually taking four (4) to six (6) months to complete. The program is available to General Population inmates and inmates assigned to the outside detail. Inmates participate on a voluntary basis.

· Individual Counseling: Available through the Division of Mental Health Psychologist assigned to the Kentucky State Penitentiary.

· Inmate Self-Help Organizations: AA/NA, NAACP, and Protective Custody Substance Abuse Club.

· Inmate Work Programs: KSP offers ample opportunity for inmates to obtain employment in a wide variety of areas. Kentucky Correctional Industries operates a Garment Plant and a Bag Plant operation. Food service, landscaping, legal aide, janitorial and a numerous other areas offer employment opportunities.

Inmate Mail

All incoming mail shall be sent via the US Postal Service and addressed with the inmate’s name and their institutional number to Kentucky State Penitentiary,PO Box 5128,Eddyville, KY. 42038. All incoming mail is opened and inspected for contraband.


Sending Money

Money for an inmate’s account shall be in the form of a United States Postal Money Order only. Cash or personal checks will not be accepted. Postal Money Orders shall be sent via US Postal Service in c/o Inmate Accounts and contain no other items or correspondence as they will be returned to the sender.

In addition, payment will be accepted via the Western Union Quick Collect System. The person sending money will need to fill out a Blue Quick Collect Form available through Western Union Agents.The information the sender will need to send money is as follows.

Made payable to:

Kentucky State Penitentiary
Code City - KYPEN
State - KY

Where the form asks for Account Number, both the inmate's name and institutional ID number are requried.

Deposits shall not exceed $200 for any one deposit, except from IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS.


In the event of an emergency, you may contact the Institution at (270) 388-2211. Either the Chaplain,Shift-Captain or the Program Director shall be notified of emergencies. The only way an inmate may speak with you over the phone is when he calls you. No inmate may receive a telephone call from outside the institution. All inmate calls shall be collect and you are responsible for the charges.

Visiting Information

Days and Hours of Visitation


General Population and Outside Detail - Saturday and Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (except lst and 3rd Saturdays)

Protective Custody – Friday and lst Saturday of each month 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Special Security Unit (Death Row) – Thursdays and 3rd Saturday of each month 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Registration time for above listed units: 7:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

If visitors for the above listed units need to leave early, they must do so by 12:45 p.m. or stay until visitation is over (1:45 p.m.)

Segregation – Thursday ONLY 2 Hours as Scheduled
NOTE: Segregation visits are non-contact by appointment. Written approval shall be obtained seven (7) days in advance of the visit from the Deputy Warden of Security.
Registration time for Segregation: 30 minutes prior to the visit.