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Kentucky inmate records are the files associated with each inmate incarcerated within the state. These records include every event that happens in the inmate's life, including moving to other facilities, taking part in educational or rehabilitation programs and altercations with other prisoners. These records are created by law enforcement when the person is arrested and then later by corrections officials. The Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Corrections is the government entity in charge of storing and maintaining inmate records for the state. They are kept online and available to the public for inmate searches.
Finding someone incarcerated in a Kentucky jail or prison is very easy. Due to the Freedom of Information Act, inmate records are kept online in a central repository so that anyone can perform an inmate lookup any time of day or night. The Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Corrections provides two different avenues of looking up an inmate in Kentucky. They first have their own private inmate locator feature called KOOL, and then they have links to the national VINELink system as well. They do have a disclaimer that they do not guarantee the accuracy of the information within the KOOL system. When performing an official Kentucky inmate search, always use official channels. If you want to perform a personal search for inmate records, try Infotracer's search tool. It includes criminal records, arrests and more.
The Kentucky prison system is very well organized and defined with different facilities designed to service the corrections population in different ways. The Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Corrections oversees the entire state prison system. The prison facilities in Kentucky include:
The facilities under the direction of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Corrections includes state prisons with varying degrees of custody/security, community residential centers, and reentry programs. The community residential centers help released inmates obtain work and housing, along with providing educational supports and other life skills living outside of prison. The reentry service centers help transition inmates before they leave prison. The state also has five federal prisons for housing inmates who broke federal laws. Each county has a local county jail, and the state has six youth detention centers to house juvenile offenders under the age of 18.
Kentucky’s prison system holds 23,022 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 11,871 residents are held in state prisons, and 11,151 in local jails.
Kentucky has twelve state prisons in the state. They are overseen and managed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Corrections and Commissioner, Kathleen Kenney. The twelve state prisons in Kentucky include:
The Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Corrections is the entity in charge of inmates and inmate records for the state. They have two options for finding an inmate in Kentucky prison. Follow the steps below:
The state of Kentucky also has five federal prisons that hold inmates who have violated federal laws. The federal prison facilities in Kentucky are:
Finding an inmate in federal prison in Kentucky is a different process than for state-run facilities. All federal prisons are owned and operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB). Therefore, anyone wanting to look up a Kentucky federal prison inmate must contact them. They do have an offender search feature on their website and a page for each facility so that friends and family can contact each prison directly. They also have information on visitation, sending gifts and money and phone calls with prisoners.
Kentucky has 120 counties, each comprised of a few cities and towns. Each county has a local Sheriff's Office, and they operate and manage the county jails. Local law enforcement is entirely responsible for inmates housed in these facilities. The population generally consists of suspects awaiting a trial or hearing or inmates who have been sentenced to small stints in jail rather than months or years in prison.
The jail system in Kentucky is fragmented among each of the counties. Therefore, there is no central repository for information on inmates. Anyone wanting to perform a Kentucky jail inmate search must contact the Sheriff's Office directly in the town where the person was arrested. Some of the county Sheriff's Offices have a website of their own with an inmate search or list of current residents.
Kentucky has six juvenile detention centers that house youth offenders under the age of 18. All of these youth correctional facilities are overseen and managed by the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (KY DJJ) Program Services Division. The services provided are split into development centers, group homes, and day treatment programs. The facilities include:
Despite the vast storehouse of information available online today, juvenile records are sealed until the person is 18 years old. Then, offenders have the option of applying to have the records expunged. Therefore, anyone wanting to find someone incarcerated in a Kentucky juvenile detention center won't be able to search online. They can, however, contact the facility directly and inquire about a specific inmate. Depending on the custody level and rules, they may or may not be supplied with information.
In a serious effort to reduce recidivism, Kentucky has twenty reentry service centers that house inmates before they are released to help them establish connections in the outside world, find gainful employment, housing, and teach other life skills. These service centers also assist parolees and probationers. The list of reentry service centers in Kentucky include:
The process for conducting a prison inmate search in Kentucky for prisoners located in one of the twenty reentry service centers is the same as for state prisoners. Follow the steps below:
The state of Kentucky has 41,000 people in prison. Roughly 26,000 of them are in state prison, and 13,000 are in local jails. Thirty-five hundred reside in federal prison, and only a small number are in juvenile detention centers. Sixty percent of the prison population in Kentucky are there due to a drug charge. Thirty-four percent have committed property crimes, and about 4.25% of the inmates were incarcerated due to violent crimes. Only 0.50% are in prison because of a sex offense.
Kentucky’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 518, which is higher than an average incarceration rate by 15%. The number of Kentucky prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 23,022, from which 13% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 20,080 in 2016.
Kentucky has an extensive reentry program with various facilities to help inmates reintegrate into society before even leaving prison. These lower-security facilities help prisoners get jobs, find housing, get treatment for addictions or mental health issues, and re-establish relationships with family or friends as they transition out of prison back into society.
The parole system in Kentucky is a supervisory program where an inmate is released early before completing their sentence. They are released with strict supervision and rules they must follow. If they fail to check-in with their parole officer or follow any of the other rules, they will go back to prison to finish their sentence. Parole is usually only granted to low-risk offenders who have behaved well in prison.
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During the sentencing phase of a trial, Kentucky judges have the option of assigning probation instead of prison. The privilege of probation is generally only available to first-time offenders and other low-risk individuals with a clean past. Probation is also a supervised program, and offenders must check in regularly with their probation officer and follow other rules or risk going to prison.
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