Prison Overcrowding: Kentucky

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Kentucky’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures FY 2007 

DOC Costs

  • Annual budget: $401.6 million
  • Average annual cost per inmate: $19,030.70

DOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 3,822
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction: 20,000
  • Total number of facilities: 16
  • Population Median sentence: 8 years
  • Median age: 34 years

 Organization of state divisions, view here.

Prisons compete with private industry: Yes


  • Facilities: 19
  • Population: 38,754
  • Officers:429

Overcrowding Quick Facts

  • Half of Kentucky adult institutions are over 100% capacity
  • Overall, Kentucky corrections is at 94.6% capacity

Points of Contact

Department of Corrections
Health Services Building
275 East Main Street
P.O. Box 2400
Frankfort, KY 40602-2400
Phone:  (502) 564-4726
Fax:  (502) 564-5037

Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here.

Helpful Links

See also:

Louisiana Prison Overcrowding