What You Need to Know About Luther Luckett Correctional Complex
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What You Need to Know About Luther Luckett Correctional Complex
Dawkins Road, Box 6
LaGrange, Kentucky 40031
Warden: Tom Dailey
Secretary: Dorcas Gilley
Phone: (502) 222-0363/222-0365
Fax: (502) 222-8112
The Luther Luckett Correctional Complex was the first security institution to be built in Kentucky since the Kentucky State Reformatory in 1937. This complex was built in direct response to the Federal Consent Decree involving the Kentucky Department of Corrections. The complex was named in honor of Mr. Luther Luckett, an employee of the Department of Corrections for some 22 years. It stands as a tribute to him and exemplifies his dedication and commitment to duty and excellence in correctional management.
The facility is unique in that it actually houses two separate institutions. The Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center operated by the Kentucky Human Resources Cabinet. The two facilities share a number of resources and operate under a written shared services agreement.
The first inmates were received at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in March 1981. Although the institution was designed to house 486, with double bunking in 1990, the operational capacity was raised to 995. In February 2002 the addition of 104 daybeds to Units 7A, 7B and 7C increased the operational capacity to 1,099.
The physical plant consists of five living units housing 1039 inmates, a 44-bed special management unit, a 16-bed minimum-security unit, numerous support buildings including academic and vocational schools and indoor recreation areas. The living units are broken down into three different categories: general population, meritorious housing and one dormitory being utilized as a therapeutic community type setting for inmates enrolled in the Substance Abuse Program. Perimeter security consists of 14 foot high fencing with electronic sensors topped by razor wire, monitored by four fixed security tower positions supplemented by a mobile perimeter patrol.
Security Status Medium/Minimum
Date Opened 1981
Total Acreage 2,450
Total Staff 256
Black Inmates 32%
White Inmates 67%
Annual Cost Per Inmate $16,014.36
Daily Cost Per Inmate $43.76
Annual Operating Budget 11.7 million
Accredited by the American Correctional Association(ACA)
The Inmate Canteen is provided for inmates to purchase approved items (CPP 17.1). The canteen schedule and current price list is posted in the living units and at the Canteen. The Canteen is opened six (6) days per week, Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday and selected holidays. Holidays will be reflected on the canteen schedule.
Each inmate may spend a maximum of $75.00 per week to purchase canteen items. The issued inmate I.D. card contains a bar code, which is used to debit the inmate’s account for canteen purchases.
During state pay weeks, the canteen schedule shall designate days on which specific living units may go to the Canteen. On non-state pay weeks, each living unit is assigned a five (5) minute early let out after clearance of the morning and noon counts for the Canteen on a rotating basis. The Canteen is operated by the posted schedule and may be opened to other inmates only if the number in line is 10 or less. Special permission will be made for disabled inmates or inmates who miss their regular canteen day due to a court trip, outside medical trip, or other justified reason.
Inmates shall check all purchases before leaving the immediate area of the Canteen. A refund or exchange shall only be allowed within 30 days of purchase if there is a manufacturer defect. Canteen receipts of all purchases should be kept for a 30 day period and may be used for proof of purchase.
Warranties, receipts, and all documents necessary to show date of purchase and sending of warranty card shall be the responsibility of the inmate.
Profits from the Inmate Canteen go to benefit the inmate population such as paying for cable TV and recreation equipment. The price charged on items is based on a mark up of 20% and is determined by a statewide Canteen Board. An annual independent audit is performed on the Inmate Canteen.
The Recreational Programs are designed to reduce idleness, tensions, and monotony; to promote physical fitness, to build mental alertness and develop interaction in work with others. The Recreation Program involves both athletic and cultural activities including, but not limited to, individual and team sports, weight lifting, table games, music, painting, drama and handicrafts.
Channel 8 is the institutional cable television channel. Weekly Channel 8 produces news programs, keeps the inmate population informed on policy changes, coming up recreational events or activities on the yard. This channel is produced by inmates for inmates.
Chapel and Volunteer Services
Inmates shall have constitutional rights to practice their religion subject only to limitations necessary to maintain the institution’s order and security. The Interfaith Chapel Program includes many weekly worship and educational opportunities. A Chapel schedule is posted on each unit’s bulletin board and at the Chapel. The Chapel employs a full-time Chaplain. In addition, volunteers assist in providing for the religious and spiritual needs of the inmate population. A religious survey is taken yearly to determine the needs and make-up of the current population.
A variety of interfaith services are offered. The Chaplain also assists the inmate in instances of inmate marriage after the inmate completes the application process with their Classification Treatment Officer. The Chaplain also assists inmates with emergencies.
All special religious diets are to be coordinated through the Chaplain.
Library services include a reader’s advisory service that helps provide users suitable materials, information services to locate facts and information, 20/20 Reading Program and inter-library loan programs. Magazines, newspapers, books on tape and music are also available. The Library is located within the Academic School (Building 4F). The Special Management Unit (SMU) shall only receive soft back books and service is provided to them on a weekly basis. Research/archival purposes can take place anytime the Library is open
Inmate Clubs and Organizations
Inmate activities are open to all inmates and serve to promote good morale. Aiding in this effort are various inmate clubs and organizations. It is the intention of these groups to help provide a base for improvement of certain areas of personal development in which the person may be experiencing difficulty. Among the groups and organizations are the Image Club, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Fine Arts Club, Veterans Club, Audio Visual Club, Shakespeare Behind Bars, Outreach Program, AODA, Pathfinders, and NAACP*.
*NAACP is inactive at this time. However, ongoing efforts are being made to reconstitute the LLCC Chapter of NAACP.
Inmate Grievance Mechanism
The inmate grievance process is a method for inmates to seek solutions to their problems or complaints after all other efforts to resolve the problem have failed.
Inmates, who are trained in the inmate grievance process, staff the inmate grievance office. They shall attempt to informally resolve a grievance. If that should be unsuccessful, they shall help process a grievance through an inmate grievance committee and the various stages of the appeal process. Grievance forms are obtained from the Grievance Office or any assigned Grievance Aide. The Grievance Committee, usually, shall be held weekly and committee members are rotated weekly.
Legal Aide Office
In order to assure each inmate’s right of access to the courts, the institution will maintain a Legal Office. This office is located within the Academic School, Building 4-F. The Legal Aides work on an appointment basis and the Legal Library is open to the general population for independent research at specified times. Legal Aides are also available to serve as representatives in Adjustment Committee proceedings. Inmates housed in the Special Management Unit (SMU) shall only have access to the Legal Aide who is specifically assigned on the rotation schedule.
Additionally, written policy grants inmates the rights to reasonable access to the courts and other services related to legal matters. It is also the inmate’s rights to have access to attorneys and other legal counsel, and to be able to make confidential contact with counsel by way of telephone communications, uncensored correspondence and visitation.
Assigned Legal Aides are responsible for assisting inmates in legal matters and receive institutional pay. Legal Aides are not allowed to accept money, cigarettes or any other compensation for carrying out their assignments. A rotating schedule of available Legal Aides will be posted in each housing unit and law library.
Legal Aides complete a training course provided by the Department of Public Advocacy, however they are not attorneys. The institution assumes no responsibility for the quality of Legal Aide Work or assistance. Neither does the institution assume any responsibility for deadlines missed by Legal Aides or lost materials. It is still the inmate's responsibility to make the final decision relative to their case or legal actions and meet any court ordered deadlines.
The Legal Office runs a Legal Window from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Services that are available are notary services, legal copies and legal mail out. Case Law is copied from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
At present, the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex has two Correctional Industries: Data Processing and Printing. These jobs generally pay higher than other institutional jobs and provide a stable work experience as well as a chance to learn a trade.
All educational programs are open to all qualified inmates; the Education Department provides:
Classes leading to diplomas and certificates in trades such as Carpentry, Electricity, Masonry and Auto Technology. A GED, minimum reading and math levels are required.
Individualized study programs ranging from basic reading through GED is offered in three (3) hour sessions (morning, afternoon, and night). Studies are at each student’s pace and are open entry, open exit.
Life Skills Program
Offered to all interested inmates. Some are specific sign up courses, and some life skills are provided as part of vocation and academic programs. Programs offered are Introduction to Computers, Stress Management, Anger Management, Parenting, Family Life and Finances.
Jefferson Community College
Jefferson Community College (JCC) offers a two (2) year Associate of Arts Degree. Correspondence college courses are approved on an individual basis through the Education Administrator and the Deputy Warden of Operations.
This is a pre-release program that lasts approximately 15 weeks in duration. Areas covered in the program are team building, communication, stress management, anger management, problem solving, values, time management and life planning.
Mental Health Services
Modified Therapeutic Community (Substance Abuse Program)
The Division of Mental Health Substance Abuse Program is based on a form of a treatment know as a modified therapeutic community (TC). The concept for this type of program comes from research that shows that a group living together, moving towards a common goal, and isolated as much as possible from negative influences, can achieve more than other types of programs aimed at modifying behavior. All staff associated with the program are trained in how their behavior can help participants achieve their stated goals of moving toward permanent sobriety and recovery. Additionally, all inmates will learn how to appropriately interact within an interpersonal context so that they will no longer alienate those who may provide valuable assistance in reintegrating into society. The overall atmosphere that exits within the program is one in which all staff and participants seek to notice and encourage positive change (catching someone doing something right) instead of only noticing negative behavior. Additionally, it has been shown that encouragement and support of peers is just as valuable as feedback from staff in promoting proper attitudes and behavior change.
This type of program differs from most residentially based corrections programs in that it requires participants to adopt a “brothers keeper” focus and attitude. This means that instead of someone minding their own business while being aware of another’s rule violations and doing nothing that the person will actively bring to the wrong doers attention the infraction being committed. Therefore, the rule violator will have a new awareness of their behavior and have a chance to correct things before more serious consequences could be generated. Additionally, inmates are taught that one individual’s behavior will have consequences for the whole community since others in the community generally have an awareness of what is going on around them and they have a responsibility to stop behavior that can threaten the safety and integrity of the whole community.
This type of program differs in that most of the “treatment” occurs in groups and meetings instead of classes. Passive learning in a classroom has it’s place but more effective growth occurs through active and participation in the program.
This type of program is only successful for those individuals willing to admit that their old way of thinking and behaving will only continue to bring them to prison or lead to death. Extremely criminally minded individuals will not be able to tolerate the expectations of this type of program. The staff actively screen for evidence of this type of attitude and the correlated resistance to change and remove these elements from the program so that those participants who are serious about the program have a safe place to work on the recovery that will keep them sober and free.
The TC program primarily takes Parole Board referrals or those individuals the Board has asked for an evaluation on. Discretionary approval for non-Parole Board referrals rests solely on the Program Director. Applications are filled out by the inmate’s CTO and forwarded directly to the TC program. There are questionnaires for the inmates to fill out that must accompany the application in order for the application to be considered.
The active phases of treatment last approximately six months. There is a pre-orientation phase of treatment where an assessment of the inmate occurs in making sure they are appropriate additions to the treatment community. The inmate will have to participate in community functions and complete certain tasks prior to being approved for active treatment. Therefore, total time in treatment may be seven (7) to eight (8) months or more.
Inmates who see the Parole Board before graduation do not sign any waivers. However, the responsibility for graduating rests with the individual inmate. Parole is NOT GUARANTEED, but the program does have a consistently high parole rate.
Graduates from the TC program will participate in six months to one year of community level aftercare. The Parole Board mandates this participation and the individual risks revocation for not complying with aftercare. Aftercare typically consists of outpatient or intensive outpatient programming plus mandatory AA/NA meetings. This compliance is monitored by an aftercare coordinator who is a separate person from the parole officer.
Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP)
The Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP), as established by KRS 197.400-197.440 in July of 1986 provides sexual offenders, who are amenable to treatment, with resources to prevent further sexual offenses. Luther Luckett Correctional Complex (LLCC) is one of four institutions in Kentucky that offers SOTP. Law limits the program at LLCC to capacity of no more than 150 participants at any given time. Treatment is done in group sessions of no more than 8 to 12 clients per group, meeting for 1 1/2 hours each week. Each participant is expected to attend and participate in every session. This includes speaking actively as a member of the group, accepting full responsibility for sexually abusive behavior, keeping the confidentiality of all group members and completing all assignments.
If an inmate wants to apply to SOTP, he need to:
Have his CTO send a referral for him, even those individuals who have been seen for the screening interviews held at the Roederer Correctional Complex Assessment Center.
Be within three years of eligibility to meet with the Parole Board. If his parole hearing date has been passed while he is in treatment, the board is notified when he has completed treatment and he will be seen at the next available date that the board meets.
Whenever it becomes necessary for SOTP to maintain a waiting list, the applicants are taken into the program by order of which their referrals are received.
Additional legislation will be of interest to individuals convicted of sex offenses. A bill passed in 1992 requires that individuals convicted of a sexual offense shall have a sample of blood taken by the Department of Corrections for DNA law enforcement identification purposes before leaving the institution where they are incarcerated.
A bill passed in 1994 and 1998 requires that “ALL” individuals convicted of a sex offense shall register a home address prior to release from the institution. Registered offender in the Commonwealth of Kentucky fall into two categories:
Lifetime Registrants-address verified every 90 days
10 Year Registrants-address verified annually
Failure to comply with the statutes may result in prosecution and sentencing.
There are several types of counseling available to the inmate population. Unit Staff will assist in day-to-day guidance and counseling and refer inmates to other programs as appropriate.
The Mental Health Division provides a specialized Sex Offender Treatment Program and a Substance Abuse Program. It should be noted that, according to statute, sex offenders convicted of crimes committed on or after July 15, 1986 are required to successfully complete a Sex Offender Program in order to be released by parole (KRS 439.340).
Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic is available for inmates on a referral basis. Inmates released from inpatient status are encouraged to maintain contact through the outpatient clinic and advise them of any problems with medication.
The Luther Luckett Correctional Complex Psychology Department is staffed by one Licensed Psychologist and one Licensed Psychology Associate. The General Services Department provides mental health services for the 1100 bed medium security correctional facility. Responsibilities include supervising certified psychologists and practicum students, program development and optimization, staff training, intake screening interviews of new arrivals, psychiatric referrals, evaluation for referrals to mental health units, evaluation for referrals to specialized treatment planning. Patient population includes a broad range of Axis I and Axis II diagnoses. Presenting problems include anxiety, depression, suicidality, anger management, HIV+ diagnosis, chronic pain, sleep disorders, sex offenses, family of origin issues, relationship issues, early childhood abuse, and substance abuse.
General Inmate Information
All incoming mail shall be sent via the US Postal Service and addressed with the inmate’s name, his institutional number, P. O. Box 6, Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, LaGrange, Kentucky 40031. All incoming mail is opened and inspected for contraband. Stamps are not accepted through the mail.
Money for an inmate’s account shall be in the form of a United States Postal Money Order only. Cash or personal checks shall not be accepted. Postal Money Orders shall be sent via US Postal Service in c/o Inmate Accounts and contain no other item. Money Orders will be returned to the sender if sent with a letter or any other item.
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 in this manner is:
Made payable to the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. Code City and State are LutherLuckett.
Where the form asks for Account Number, both inmate name and institutional ID number are requried.
Deposits shall not exceed $200 for any one deposit, except from IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS
If it is necessary to phone the Complex in an emergency, the telephone number is (502) 222-0363. 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 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.
Welcome to the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. We hope your visit to our facility will be a positive experience for you and your loved one.
The goal of the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex is to provide you with the opportunity to visit with your loved ones in a safe and clean environment.
The staff assigned to this facility are here to assist you. They will provide you with instructions and process you through the institution according to the visiting procedures contained in this booklet.
As a visitor, we expect you to become familiar with the visiting rules and regulations of this institution. The rules and regulations are outlined in this Visitor Handbook and will periodically be explained to you by staff. We expect you to follow the rules and regulations of this institution and to cooperate with staff at all times.
Any violation of the visiting rules and regulations may result in the termination, suspension, or loss of your visiting privileges.
In accordance with Kentucky Revised Statute 520.010 the introduction of dangerous contraband into a Correctional Institution is a felony offense. Anyone who knowingly introduces dangerous contraband into the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
It is unfortunate that some visitors attempt to bring dangerous contraband that could be harmful to you, your loved one or the staff. The staff are trained and instructed to detect this. We are asking for your cooperation to prevent the introduction of dangerous contraband. Please follow the officer’s instructions. Please be aware that pursuant to KRS 520.010; KRS 520.050; and KRS 520.060, anyone entering the grounds of a correctional institution may be subject to a personal search or a search of their vehicle. Anyone found in possession of contraband will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
We hope you enjoy your visit. We look forward to providing you with the opportunity to spend time with your loved ones at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex.
The entire staff of LLCC welcomes and encourages your visits.
Visiting Guidlines and Rules
Visiting hours for general population inmates are on Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors may begin sign in at 8:00 a.m. In addition, meritorious inmates may receive visits on Friday evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Please note that registration for Meritorious Visitation is from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. only. Visits may be terminated due to an emergency situation as determined by the Shift Supervisor or Duty Officer. Nothing shall be carried from the visiting room at the conclusion of the visit.
Inmates who are housed in the Segregation Unit and/or have had their visiting privileges restricted for other reasons are permitted non contact visits only. Visitation to inmates with non contact visiting are by appointment only. The visit must be scheduled one week in advance. It is the inmate's responsibility to schedule these visits.
The inmate may place verified immediate family members and up to three (3) friends on his visiting list. All visitors shall be approved in advance before they may be added to the visiting list. You must be on the approved list to visit.
NOTE: Visiting is conducted on a rotating basis and as determined by the inmate’s last number. Each inmate is responsible for notifying his visitors of days when he is permitted visits.
No alcoholic beverages, drugs, or weapons shall be permitted on institutional property. Prescription medication is permitted if it is in the original prescription container and can be left in the visitor’s vehicle while visiting. A visitor found in possession of contraband as listed above shall be subject to felony prosecution and may be banned from future visits. From time to time, searches of vehicles and individuals are conducted.
Visitors age 18 and over shall present a picture I.D. in order to enter the institution. Visiting rules are posted in the Visiting Room. The officer will obtain a picture I.D. from the visitor. In the event that the visitor has no picture I.D.: 1) the visitor may be allowed to visit in the controlled area ONE TIME ONLY; 2) the visitor shall be informed that no future visits will be allowed without a picture I.D.; 3) it shall be designated on the inmate’s visiting record of actions mentioned in #1 and #2. Visitors without a picture I.D. can purchase one from their home county courthouse at a minimal fee.
The institution has a regularly scheduled noon count. During this time all inmate movement must stop so that we can account for all inmates assigned to this institution. Please cooperate and bear with us during this time and we will complete the count as soon as possible.
The outside visiting lawn will be open for seating when the weather permits.
For security reasons, jackets and coats shall be prohibited in the visiting area. Jackets and coats may be stored in one of the following ways: 1) leave garments in the car; 2) use coat pegs in the mall area; or 3) use lockers on a first come first serve basis.
The following articles shall be allowed in the visiting area:
Change (a bill changer is available) Limit of $20.00 per adult, minors may not bring in money. Inmates are not allowed to handle money
2 keys (limit of 2 keys and 1 key ring)
Essential infant needs (up to 3 diapers, 1 clear, small, ziplock bag with baby wipes and 3 plastic bottles).
Coin purse (clear plastic only).
Prescription eye glasses or sunglasses.
Medication (reviewed on case-by-case basis)
The visitor shall wait in the waiting area until the inmate they wish to visit is called and has arrived in the visiting room. Unless prior approval has been granted, there is a maximum of three (3) visitors allowed per visit, with infants not counted in total. If a visitor violates institutional rules, he or she may be asked to leave the grounds, and in extreme cases restricted from future visits.
LLCC shall be committed to a positive visiting program and shall attempt to allow the maximum of two (2) hour visits to ensure sound operational security practices. The two (2) hour visit shall depend upon space available. If the visiting area reaches capacity and other visitors are waiting for available space to visit other inmates, visits shall be terminated on a first-in, firat-out basis. This will ensure all inmates have an opportunity to visit.
A visitor who has traveled more than 150 miles may be given special consideration prior to visit termination. A request for an extended visit shall be approved by the Deputy Warden of Security seven (7) days prior to the visit.
Visitors at a two (2) person table may be skipped if a four (4) person table is needed.
Visitors Assistance Service
Below is a list of numbers to assist you if you are in need of assistance with your automobile.
AAA – 423-8222
Doug’s Auto Repair – 222-1703
Eldridges LaGrange Service Center – 222-1673
TARC – Please click here for a link to TARC's Web Page
Taxi – Oldham County – 222-1736
Lock Out Services
LaGrange Lock & Key – 222-1955
Pop A Lock – East – 895-6736
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