Department of Corrections Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet (2024)


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.

Addiction Services

The Division of Addiction Services is responsible for the clinical and administrative oversight of all Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment related to inmates, parolees, and probationers within our care as determined by statute. This oversight includes treatment in prisons, jails,reentry service centers (RSCs), recovery Kentucky Centers (RKCs), and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) through a partnership with regional Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs). Substance Use Disorder clinical determination for probationers and parolees through a network of social service clinicians in the Probation & Parole districts are also included in this oversight.

Adult Institutions

The Division of Adult Institutions operate 14correctional facilities that house Kentucky's adult inmate population. The institutions are:

  • Bell County Forestry Camp
  • Blackburn Correctional Complex
  • Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex
  • Green River Correctional Complex
  • Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women
  • Kentucky State Penitentiary
  • Kentucky State Reformatory
  • Lee Adjustment Center
  • Little Sandy Correctional Complex
  • Luther Luckett Correctional Complex
  • Northpoint Training Center
  • Roederer Correctional Complex
  • Southeast State Correctional Complex
  • Western Kentucky Correctional Complex

Probation & Parole

The mission of the Divisionof Probation and Parole is to enhance public safety and promote offender reintegration in the community through proactive supervision and referral to community based resources.

In addition to the supervision of probationers and parolees, Probation and Parole staff 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 prisoners, referral of offenders to appropriate resources, and monitoring payment of fees, restitution and community service work. The Division of Probation and Parole is also responsible for the administration of the Interstate Compact, which transfers cases between states; the placement office, which assists incarcerated offenders with proper home placements; and the processing of Civil Rights Restoration requests submitted by ex-offenders.​


The Division of Reentry Services vision is to help all we serve to achieve a successful reintegration into society beginning with the first day of incarceration or supervision. The Division's mission statement addresses three key areas. We focus on forming community partnerships. By formalizing partnerships across Kentucky, we are gaining resources to assist the justice-involved population with barriers. This is also beneficial in educating society about barriers that exist.

The next area of focus for the Division is empowering our population. Reentry Services strives to empower the individuals we serve by connecting them to the resources obtained within their communities. As a Division, we support our population and their families, through assistance, guidance and education. As a Department, we provide evidence based and promising practices programming to empower to justice-involved population with prosocial thinking, coping and life skills.

Providing successful reintegration is the overall goal of the Division. Our Division works with the justice-involved population to enhance communities by aiding in the transition of the individuals becoming pro-social members of society.

Second Chance

With so many jobs being created across the commonwealth, Team Kentucky wants to help make sure every Kentuckian has an opportunity to chase their dreams right here at home. The site includes information on resume help, job searches and a variety of reentry services.​

Gov. Beshear’s administration has been committed to working with community partners to support job growth and help Kentucki​ans overcome addiction.

For the first time since 2018, Kentucky saw a 5% decline in overdose deaths in 2022 – and was one of only eight states to see a significant decline in overdose deaths last year.

The commonwealth is also leading the nation in per capita residential drug and ​alcohol beds and has recorded the three lowest recidivism rates in over a decade.

The Governor has long been a​proponent for second chances and on his third day in office he signed anexecutive​ orderto automaticallyrestore the voting rightsto Kentuckians who have completed their sentences for nonviolent, nonsexual offenses and have paid their debt to society. Now 192,698 Kentuckians’ rights have been restored.​

​​​ ​​​​​Visit the Second Chance Website​​​​

Victim Services

The Victim Services Branch (VSB) is committed to assisting victims and survivors throughout the duration of the offender's incarceration and supervision. We ensure that crime victims are treated with dignity and respect. A victim's need for assistance does not stop once an offender has been sentenced. In fact, it continues throughout an offender's incarceration and supervision.

Department of Corrections 
    Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet (2024)


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