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04-08-2006, 05:15 PM
3000 Ash Ave.
Pewee Valley, Kentucky 40056
Warden: Doris W. Deuth
Secretary: Donna Dailey
Phone: (502) 241-8454
Fax: (502) 241-0372

About KCIW
The Kentucky Constitution, Section 252, established the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women (KCIW) as the only adult female institution in the Commonwealth for the purpose of housing felons from all 120 counties.

The institution has nearly fifty buildings located on 270 acres in Shelby County. It had an average daily population of 695 during fiscal year 2002 – 2003. The total number of inmates processed during the fiscal year was 871, an average of 73 per month. The population is committed for 38% violent crimes, 23% property crimes, 32% drug related crimes, 4% sex crimes, 1% weapons and 2% miscellaneous crimes. The median age is 36 years. Females now represent 8% of the prison population. The institution is considered multi-custody as differential housing and programming must meet the needs of females serving from one year to life, death row, maximum, medium and minimum and community custody, first offenders, persistent offenders, the disabled and special needs inmates.

KCIW was constructed in 1937 and received its first inmate on November 1, 1938. KCIW was originally considered an extension of the Kentucky State Reformatory at LaGrange. In 1961, the State Legislature made it an autonomous institution headed by its own executive officer, the Warden.

Institutional Information

Security Status All Custody Levels
Date Opened 1938
Population 726
Total Acreage 270
Total Staff 205
White Inmates 71%
Black Inmates 29%
Annual Cost Per Inmate $21,146.47
Daily Cost Per Inmate $57.9
Annual Operating Budget $9.8 million

Accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA)


The Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women began a partnership with Paws with Purpose to train inmates as dog handlers and to have the inmates train the dogs to become assist dogs. At the end of FY 2004, nine dogs and 11 inmates were participating in the program. The Paws with Purpose program allows KCIW to contribute to a better life for a disabled child or adult.

As an inmate puppy trainer, inmates are responsible for the puppy’s first 15-18 months of life. They prepare the puppy for their future role as a service dog by teaching them basic commands and socialization skills, and exposing them to a variety of environments.

PWP Mission Statement
Paws with Purpose is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing professionally trained, highly skilled service dogs and continued support throughout the partnership to ensure successful, long-term relationships.

Life Without a Crutch

Life Without a Crutch is a substance abuse class. It is a ten-week class that meets once a week for one and one-half hours. Participants must be within twelve months of parole eligibility or minimum expiration of sentence. Priority consideration is given to inmates who will meet the Parole Board within three months.

Self Help Groups

Alcohol Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon are self-help substance abuse groups. These groups meet weekly.

Rational and Emotive Therapy

Rational and Emotive Therapy (RET) is an approach therapy that was developed by psychologist and psychoanalysist Albert Ellis. Two RET facilitators are conducting groups at the present time. The groups meet one hour each week over a period of ten weeks. Priority consideration is given to inmates who are within three months of meeting the Parole Board.


The Exiting class is offered to inmates who will meet the Parole Board within one month. The class meets for one and one-half hours for ten periods. The activities include: resume preparation, mock employment application completion and simulated Parole Board interviews.

Community Reintegration Services

Community Reintegration Services addresses the transitional needs of severely mentally ill inmates who will complete their sentences within six months. The staff members work closely with the inmates prior to release and continue to work with them for two years beyond release.

Aftercare Task Force

Approximately two years ago, an Aftercare Task Force began meeting to explore ways of providing transitional assistance to releasees in need. Reverend Suzanne Seabold, who is Executive Director of Prodigal Ministries, heads the Task Force. The Task Force includes representatives from local halfway houses, Probation and Parole, Spalding University, the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women and others. Through the efforts of Reverend Seabold, several inmates have been assisted in finding housing and jobs. Reverend Seabold will be coming to this institution in the near future to work with another inmate.


Academic instruction is offered to inmates who are deficient in basic literacy and those who need to enhance skills to pursue general education development diplomas.

The technical offerings consist of KVAT diploma programs in Building and Apartment Management, Business Technology and Horticulture.

Consumer Family Life Skills consist of offering in Personal Development, Human and Family Relations and Consumer Education. All new inmates are required to complete the Personal Development component.

Inmates may pursue associate degrees through Jefferson Community College. College classes are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters of the academic year.

Inmates may pursue baccalaureate degrees or other certificates through correspondence and independent study programs. An inmate must have her program of study approved and monitored by the principal of the school.

Special Visit Programs

Inmates are allowed to participate in special visit programs that are designed to foster relationships with their newborns and/or children. Mothers of newborns and young babies (birth to the age of 3) may have five bonding visits each week for a maximum of two hours each day.

The other special visitation program is Girl Scouts Behind Bars. Kentuckiana Girl Scouts and the institution supervise the program jointly. Girl Scout staff members bring the daughters (Girl Scouts) of incarcerated mothers to visit with their mothers twice a month. In addition, Girl Scout staff members conduct separate meetings with the daughters in the community.

Religious Activities

The Chaplain conducts morning and afternoon worship services each Sunday. In addition to these services, various churches conduct worship during the week and Sunday evenings.

Inmates are allowed the opportunity to participate in religious study groups of the doctrines of their particular faiths.

The Chaplain provides pastoral care counseling and conducts grief relief sessions.

Special religious programs by outside groups are offered throughout the year. Groups such as Bill Glass and Prison Fellowship Ministries offer these programs.

Counseling and Therapy Groups

The Division of Mental Health increased significantly during 2001 the number of staff members assigned to this institution. In addition to its offering of a myriad of individual and group counseling and therapy opportunities, the Division is developing programs to meet the needs of the severely mentally ill population.

The Sex Offender Treatment Program is open to those inmates who meet the entry criteria.

The Center for Women and Families (Shelbyville, Kentucky) conducts groups on Domestic Violence and Adult Survivors of Sexual Assault.

Rational Emotive Therapy is an approach to therapy that was developed by Psychologist and Psychoanalyst Albert Ellis. Three RET groups are operating at the institution at the present time. The groups meet one time a week over ten weeks.

Substance Abuse and Self-Help Group Programs

The Substance Abuse Program is an inpatient substance abuse treatment program. This component lasts six to eight months with an expectation of additional follow up and aftercare treatment.

Inmates have opportunities to participate in various substance abuse self-help groups. These groups are: Alcohol Anonymous, Cross Addition Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon.

Life Without a Crutch is a substance abuse class. This class meets one time a week for approximately twelve weeks.

General Inmate Information
Below is information and instructions on how to mail a letter to an inmate, send money to an inmate and what to do in case of an emergency.

Inmate Mail

All incoming mail shall be sent via the U.S. Postal Service and addressed with the inmate’s name, institutional number, Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women, P.O. Box 337, inmate’s living area, Pewee Valley, KY 40056. All incoming mail is opened and inspected for contraband. STAMPS ARE NOT ACCEPTED THROUGH THE MAIL.

Inmate Money

U.S. Postal money orders and Western Union quick money transfers are the only forms of monies that may be received by inmates. Postal money orders shall be received in a separate envelope addressed directly to Inmate Accounts with the inmate’s name and institutional number on the envelope. No other items or correspondence may be included in the envelope containing the money order or it shall be returned to the sender. No cash or checks are allowed.

Unless approved by the Warden of each institution, immediate family are the only inmates who may correspond with each other within the Kentucky Correctional system. Legally married spouses, who are inmates, may send money to one another with the approval of the Warden of each institution.


If it is necessary to phone the institution in an emergency, the telephone number is (502) 241-8454. Either the Chaplain or the Captain on duty should be notified of emergencies. The only way an inmate may speak with you over the phone is when he/she 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
Inmates at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women may receive visits at the following times:

Saturday....8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday......8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Designated holidays.. 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To allow adequate time for process of visitors and some time for visits, visitors shall arrive at the Institution no less than one half hour before the end of visitation.

Bonding visits may only be scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday with the exception of newborns. An inmate may visit with her newborn upon her return from the hospital and may be scheduled for any day of the week.

All bonding visits shall be scheduled through the Bonding Coordinator. The visits shall occur in the bonding room, Chapel or the regular visiting area.

Special visits include attorneys, ministers, social services or others with whom an inmate may need to conduct business. Special visits may only be scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. All special visits shall be scheduled through the inmate’s Case Manager.

All visitors, excluding approved volunteers, clergy, legal, social services or other special visitors, shall be documented on the inmate’s approved visitation list. Approved visitors may include unlimited immediate family, three other adults and children of the immediate family. Inmates may update their visitation lists twice each year during regular reclassification, and must provide addresses, Social Security Numbers and dates of birth of visitors.


1. Visits may include three adults and an unlimited number of children.
2. Visits with any group may be two hours in duration.
3. All adult visitors shall be required to have proper picture identification.
4. All visitors shall be subject to search.
5. Nothing may be received for inmates through visiting from visitors.
6. Smoking shall not be allowed during regular visiting.
7. Visitors may bring a maximum of $15 into visiting to purchase items from vending.
8. Lawn visits are permitted for the general population on a first come first served basis.
9. Visitors shall be dressed appropriately.
10. No packages or property may be sent out through visiting except for ceramic or Horticulture items when prior arrangements have been made.
11. Visitors who travel 150 miles or more, with proper verification, may receive two weekend days of extended visits per month. These days do not have to be consecutive. Visitors shall request an extended visit upon arrival. An extended visit may last up to four hours