Kentucky State Penitentiary

Do you know somebody in Kentucky State Penitentiary? Kentucky State Penitentiary is a correctional facility in the state prison system in Kentucky. This site gives you information about everything one might want to know about Kentucky State Penitentiary such as the following: How to locate an inmate here. Visitation policies and procedures. The address and phone number. Sending money and mail. And more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Kentucky State Penitentiary
State: Kentucky
County: Lyon County
DOC: Kentucky Department of Corrections
Warden Name: Philip Parker

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Contact Information

Here you will find the street address and mailing address for Kentucky State Penitentiary. Use the mailing address if you are going to mail a package or letter to an inmate there, and use the physical address if you want to know the physical location of Kentucky State Penitentiary.

Mailing Address

You should check the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section below before you mail something to an inmate to make sure that you correctly address it, and do the correct procedure for sending a letter or package. If you do not follow the correct protocol, it might not get delivered.

Kentucky State Penitentiary
266 Water Street
Eddyville KY, 42038

Street Address / Prison location


Kentucky State Penitentiary
266 Water Street
Eddyville KY, 42038

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number:

Map and Directions

Use the street address if you are going to visit a prisoner. You should check the Inmate Visitation Schedule and Inmate Visitation Procedures sections further down on this page before you try to visit an inmate.

Kentucky State Penitentiary
266 Water Street
Eddyville KY, 42038


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Phone Number

Kentucky State Penitentiary inmates don’t have phones in their cells, so you can’t call an inmate, however, there are cases when it might be useful to have the phone number to Kentucky State Penitentiary.

Prisoners can sometimes call out using various methods:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Inmates don’t have faxes, so you won’t be able to fax a letter to prisoners, but there are cases when it might be helpful to know the fax number to Kentucky State Penitentiary.

Email Address

The email address below is the primary email for Kentucky State Penitentiary. You won’t be able to contact prisoners using this email address. If you are going to send an email to a prisoner, go to the Inmate Email section further down on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

To send a letter via email to an inmate at Kentucky State Penitentiary you must use an specific procedure to ensure that the email is received by the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Prisoners are not permitted to access the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special procedures that you have to follow when mailing postal mail to a inmate. If you don’t follow the procedures then letter or package might not make it there.

before you send a letter or package, be sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Kentucky State Penitentiary staff will open and inspect and read all received general mail and packages. Incoming general postal correspondence may be read as frequently as is necessary to maintain security or monitor any problems having to do with any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the correct format for how you should address a package or letter to a state prison inmate at Kentucky State Penitentiary:

Kentucky State Penitentiary
266 Water Street
Eddyville KY, 42038

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Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary that was created to provide prisoners a bank account for inmate money and for buying things not issued regularly by the prison.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can send funds to inmate’s Commissary accounts using the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends can to send prisoners funds by way of postal mail and will have to send the moneyh to the following address and do so in accordance with the rules listed below:

The deposit must be a money order made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is advisable to use a post office money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be kept for a 15-day holding period, during which the prisoner will not get the depsoit. The Bureau of Prisons will return money orders that do not have correct inmate info provided the envelope you sent it in has an adequate return address. Cash and checks can’t be accepted for deposit so don’t send checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prisoners are often transported to different prisons around the state, so you might need to find the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to find an state prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Kentucky state prisons: Kentucky State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you go to visit an inmate at Kentucky State Penitentiary, you must know the following information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every state prison has their own rules for prisoner visitation and these policies get changed regularly. The policies below might be out of date by the time you are reading this, so be sure to also go to Kentucky State Penitentiary’s site to get the latest visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance guard will ensure each visitor signs the inmate visitors log upon entering the facility and upon exiting.

Identification Required

Picture ID of visitors will be required. The best forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state photo id is acceptable.

For all of the things listed below, check the official prison website because this information changes all the time:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Details about Kentucky State Penitentiary records to be added later.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Details about Kentucky State Penitentiary death row will be posted ASAP.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Section about Kentucky parole procedures coming.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about release procedures for Kentucky State Penitentiary coming.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

More information about what life is like at Kentucky State Penitentiary to be added later.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Kentucky State Penitentiary news will be posted ASAP.


A Kentucky State Penitentiary photo section coming.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Kentucky State Penitentiary
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Kentucky State Penitentiary.

If you have any photos of Kentucky State Penitentiary that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Looking for a job at a prison? Have experience? Have you worked at a correctional facility in the past?

If so, go to:

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The official website:

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
  • Victims have the right to notification.
  • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • Victims have the right to restitution.
  • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
  • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

Click here to share your story

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Family Resources

Information about resources for family members of inmates at Kentucky State Penitentiary to be added later.


Kentucky State Penitentiary history to be added later.

Such as:

  • Famous Kentucky State Penitentiary inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Kentucky State Prisons: Kentucky State Prisons

Kentucky State Penitentiary Links

The official website:

Kentucky Department of Corrections Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Kentucky State Penitentiary

Have you ever been a prisoner at Kentucky State Penitentiary? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone at this prison?

If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about your experience so others can learn what to expect.

What to put in your comment:

  • Facility conditions
  • Facility facility and layout
  • Guards and staff
  • Prison food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Prisoner safety
  • Gang activity
  • Inmate programs and activities

If you are currently an inmate at Kentucky State Penitentiary, post your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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