Incoming mail for Kentucky inmates is delivered Mondays through Fridays excluding holidays. Usually incoming mail is received by the inmate within 48 hours of it reaching the facility, but certain emergency situations such as a lockdown can delay internal delivery. If an inmate is transferred to a new facility or released will have their mail forwarded for a period of 30 days. All inmates can send outgoing mail. Offenders who have no funds to purchase postage and stationary, and are considered indigent can, upon request, send up to two letters per week.
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All incoming mail must have a complete return address on the envelope or it will be returned to sender or destroyed. All mail is opened, inspected and may be read with the exception of privileged mail which includes legal mail. Kentucky prisons also have instant mail which is provided by JPAY. Refrain from using obscene language and never include anything else with the letters (with the exception of photos). If you mark or embellish the letters or envelopes in anyway such as with stickers, markers, glitter, lipstick, perfume etc. it may result in the correspondence being rejected.
Offenders are also allowed to receive 4″x6″ photos. Photographs cannot be Polaroid, as they pose a security risk. Photos you send cannot contain nudity, sexually suggestive material and should not display illegal activity or hand gestures/tattoos as these could be construed as gang symbols.
When you send correspondence to your inmate you should always put your complete return address on the envelope and format the inmate’s address as follows:
Inmate Name, ID Number
PO Box or Street address
City, State, Zip Code
Inmates in Kentucky are also allowed to receive new paperback books, magazines and newspapers that come directly from a publisher like Amazon.com. Books may not be hardcover or spiral bound, they must be paperback and must be new. Magazines and newspapers can also be ordered through Amazon.com and sent to an offender. No publications can contain nudity, incite violence or hate, contain maps, or describe how to make weapons, explosives or contain anything that could put the safety and security of the prison at risk.
|Name||Location||Security level||Year opened||Population (2015)||Notes|
|Bell County Forestry Camp||Pineville, Kentucky||Minimum||1962||300|
|Blackburn Correctional Complex||Lexington, Kentucky||Minimum||1972||320|
|Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex||West Liberty, Kentucky||Medium||1990||1,689|
|Green River Correctional Complex||Central City, Kentucky||Minimum/Medium||1994||982|
|Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women||Pewee Valley, Kentucky||All||1938||683||Women’s facility housing all security levels, including death row.|
|Kentucky State Penitentiary||Eddyville, Kentucky||Maximum/Supermax||1886||856|
|Kentucky State Reformatory||La Grange, Kentucky||Medium||1936||2005|
|Little Sandy Correctional Complex||Sandy Hook, Kentucky||Medium/Maximum||2005||1012|
|Luther Luckett Correctional Complex||La Grange, Kentucky||Medium/Maximum||1981||987||Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center located within the same compound|
|Northpoint Training Center||Burgin, Kentucky||Medium||1983||1230|
|Roederer Correctional Complex||La Grange, Kentucky||Medium/Minimum||1976||1002||Male Intake Facility|
|Ross-Cash Center||Fredonia, Kentucky||Minimum||2015||200||Women’s minimum security facility adjacent to the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex.|
|Southeast State Correctional Complex||Wheelwright, Kentucky||Medium||2020||665||Owned by CoreCivic and previously operated as the private Otter Creek Correctional Center. Leased to and operated by the Kentucky Department of Corrections since September 2020.|
|Western Kentucky Correctional Complex||Fredonia, Kentucky||Medium/Minimum||1977||693||Formerly a women’s facility. Converted to men’s facility in 2015.|