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04-08-2006, 03:40 PM
Bell County Forestry Camp
Rt. 2 Box 75
Pineville, Kentucky 40977
Warden: Michael Ferguson
Secretary: Nina Mayes

Phone: (606) 337-7065
Fax: (606) 337-1312

The Bell County Forestry Camp is a 250-man minimum security institution located in Bell County near Pineville. This facility, which opened in 1962, provides inmate labor to the Division of Forestry for fire fighting and fire break clearing. Governmental Services Program work details are also provided for other city, county and state agencies.

BCFC is situated approximately fourteen (14) miles southwest of Pineville, Kentucky. BCFC grounds cover an area of approximately fifteen acres in rural Bell County. There are fourteen buildings on the compound that include a dormitory, which contains three casework offices and two temporary holding cells. In addition to the dormitory, there other buildings which consist of an academic school, administration building, procedures office, medical building, multi-purpose building, recreation building, kitchen/dining hall, inmate library, inmate canteen, chapel, caustic/toxic, maintenance, training center and a number of storage, utility and support buildings. A water plant supplies the institution with drinking water as well as a sewage treatment plant.

Security Status Minimum
Date Opened 1962
Population 250
Total Acreage 15
Total Staff 47
Black Inmates 28%
White Inmates 72%
Annual Cost Per Inmate $13,098.93
Daily Cost Per Inmate $35.79
Annual Operating Budget $2.7 million

Accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). BCFC was first accredited in 1990. The most recent reaccreditation was October 2004 with a score of 99.

Inmate Programs
AODA (Alcohol and other Drug Addictions)

A 12-week intense program designed to help inmates overcome addictions through a well-planned curriculum. Inmates look at their particular problem in a group setting.

This program is often recommended by the Parole Board in order for inmates to receive help for addictions.

S.T.E.P.-UP Program

S.T.E.P.-UP (Student / Teen Education Program)is a program to educate children to make right choices.

Since S.T.E.P.-UP began in February 2000 schools in the surrounding counties have requested this team that includes 1 Correctional Officer and 4 Inmates to speak to their students from grades 5 through 12.

Water Plant and Waste Water Treatment Plant Operators

Inmates working in the Water Plant or Waste Water Treatment Plants for 1 year qualify to test for Class I Operators license. After 2 years they may test again for Class II license. It is often very difficult for an ex-offender to get employment. There is a very high demand in these areas across the nation for operators and inmates that have acquired their licenses have been able to retain gainful employment.

Children's Book Project

BCFC, in partnership with the Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM), offers a program called the "Children’s Book Project." Inmates who have children or grandchildren under the age of 10 are allowed to participate. CCM provides books and cassette tapes. The participants are able to read the children’s book onto the cassette tape. Both the book and tape are then mailed to the child. This program is designed to help the inmate maintain ties with his children and to help the child develop a desire to read.

Tutor Literacy Program

Inmates that qualify receive special training that permits them to teach illiterate inmates to read. This program enables inmates that can’t read an opportunity to gain a measure of positive self-esteem that only reading skills can bring.

AA/NA Program

The AA/NA program is a twelve-step program designed to assist inmates who have had problems with substance abuse. This program is designed to help inmates recognize their problem with substance abuse and to understand the underlying causes that led them to substance abuse. It also provides the inmates tools to deal with this ongoing problem.

Pre-Release Program

The Kentucky Department of Corrections' Pre-Release Program, also referred to as “Prison to the Streets Program”, is designed for inmates that are as far as 180 days from either Parole or Serve Out. The program consists of 10 classes. Each class covers different areas of need in which the inmates may find valuable resources upon release.

In addition to the information that is covered in each class, the inmates also bring needs and concerns that apply to themselves. These issues are not turned away, but addressed on an individual basis.

G.E.D. / Academic School / College Classes


BCFC offers opportunities for our inmates to further their education by pursuing their G.E.D. Classes are offered for all learning levels, literacy through G.E.D. These classes are held five days a week in the academic school. One session is held in the morning and one in the afternoon. The education program is open entry and open exit, meaning that students may enter and leave the program at any time. New students are tested to find their strengths and weaknesses and then are able to progress at their own pace toward their final goal. The students study the five basic fields of the G.E.D. test: Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics.

Academic School

BCFC offers educational opportunities for those inmates who have institutional jobs during the day. The evening class is held 2 evenings each week. Each class lasts approximately 3 hours. This schedule allows inmates to hold an institutional job as well as further their education. This class encompasses all levels, literacy or non-reader, through the G.E.D. levels. It is open entry, open exit and the students are allowed to progress at their own pace.

College Classes

BCFC offers college classes, which are provided by Southeast Community College in Middlesboro. These classes are a new endeavor. The first semester began in the fall of 2003. The first class was Writing 101. There has also been a U.S. History class and a Sociology class offered. One class is offered each semester. There have been a total of 28 students who have completed at least one college class. Although many students are not in BCFC long enough to obtain a degree, they are offered the opportunity to take entry-level classes from an accredited institution of higher learning. These credits can then be transferred to another college in order to complete their degree.

Inmate Mail

All incoming mail shall be sent via the US Postal Service and addressed as:

John Doe, #000000
Bell County Forestry Camp
Rt. 2, Box 75
Pineville, KY 40977

All incoming mail is subject to be inspected or read to determine if contraband is enclosed or any rule violation has occurred.

Postal Money Order

Money for an inmate’s account shall be in the form of a United States Postal Money Order only. Cash or personal checks shall not be accepted. Postal Money Orders shall be sent via US Postal Service addressed as:

Business Office
John Doe, #000000
Bell County Forestry Camp
Rt. 2 Box 75
Pineville, KY 40977

Postal Money orders shall contain no other item. Money Orders will be returned to the sender if sent with a letter or any other item.

Deposits shall not exceed $200 for any one deposit, except from immediate family members.

Western Union

Money may be sent via Western Union Quick Collect System. The person sending money will need to fill out a Blue Quick Collect Form available through Western Union Agents. The information the sender will need to send money in this manner is:

Pay to: Bell County Forestry Camp

Code City and State: BELLCOUNTY/KY

Account Number: Inmate Name and Inmate Number are required

Deposits shall not exceed $200 for any one deposit, except from immediate family members.


If it is necessary to phone the Institution in an emergency, the telephone number is (606) 337-7065, dial 0 for the Operator. The Shift Supervisor on duty should be notified of emergencies.

The only way an inmate may speak with you over the telephone is when he calls you. No inmate may receive a telephone call from outside the institution. All inmate calls shall be collect and you are responsible for the charges.

Visiting Information

Visitation is Saturday, Sunday and State Holidays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

In the event the visiting area is full and visitors are waiting to visit other inmates, the 2-hour rule shall be applied. Visitors that have had a 2-hour visit shall be terminated and visits every 2 hours thereafter shall be terminated.

Special considerations for visitation shall have prior written approval from the Warden.

Inmate visitation day is determined by the last digit of the Inmate Institutional Number, odd or even.

Authorized Items for Visitation

Visitors shall only be allowed the following items in their possession when they report to Operations:

1. car keys
2. drivers license or picture I.D.
3. $20.00 in change
4. (2) baby bottles, (2) jars of baby food, (5) baby diapers, (1) coloring book, (1) box of crayons

No tobacco products will be allowed to enter institutional grounds.

Visitor Dress Code Standards

A visitor who is dressed in a manner that would generally be considered as lewd, sexually suggestive, eccentric, provocative or may disrupt the positive family atmosphere provided by the Bell County Forestry Camp staff shall not be allowed admittance.

Footwear shall be worn by all visitors

A male visitor may wear sleeved shirts and long pants. No shorts or sleeveless shirts shall be allowed.

Female visitors shall not wear:

see through clothing
a tanktop
wrap-around skirt
a skirt with a split of more than two (2) inches
sleeveless clothing
A female visitor shall wear undergarments and clothing that cover the midriff and bosom or cleavage.

A dress shall not be shorter than two (2) inches above the knee.

The Shift Supervisor shall make the final determination on the dress code.

General Rules and Regulations

Each inmate may be allowed a maximum of three (3) adult visitors and their minor children at each visit.
Purses and other valuables shall either be left in the visitor's locked vehicle or upon request, locked in storage lockers located at the operations office. A small change purse shall be permitted. Bell County Forestry Camp shall not be responsible for any item lost or stolen during a visit.
A visitor shall not be allowed to visit unless that person is on the approved visitation list for that inmate in accordance with CPP 16.1.
Loud, disruptive, or argumentative behavior shall not be allowed. Profanity shall not be tolerated.
Communication with a non-visiting inmate shall not be allowed.
All visitors shall be subject to search upon entrance to the institution.
A visitor shall not be allowed to leave and re-enter the visiting area.
A visitor may bring twenty (20) dollars in change per family, while visiting.
A radio, television, camera, recording device, cell phone or any external communication device shall not be allowed.
A visitor shall not be permitted to register to see the same inmate more than once or another inmate on the same day unless approved by the Shift Supervisor.
Inmates or visitors shall not be allowed to lie on the tables or the ground.
An item shall not be exchanged during visits without the approval of the shift supervisor.
Children shall be supervised at all times and shall remain at their assigned table in the visiting area. Children may be allowed to use the designated playground equipment when visiting outside.
An inmate's personal property shall not be sent out through a visitor without prior approval of the Property Officer and the Shift Supervisor. The approved item shall be given to the visitor at the end of the visit via the Visiting Officer.
When seated at a picnic bench, both feet of the adult shall be on the same side of the bench with both feet on the ground or floor.
A visitor shall be allowed only the required dosage of prescription medication and only in its original container with the visitor’s name and type of medication and dosage.
An adult visitor shall leave a picture identification at the Operations Building before being allowed entry. The identification shall be returned as the visitor leaves the institution.
An inmate shall not accept any item from his visit, other than the food consumed during the visit and the vending item purchased on institutional grounds.
Roughhousing or horse playing shall not be permitted.
A visitor may purchase any item at the inmate canteen, as regulated and announced by staff. A visitor shall go to the canteen only one (1) time per visit. An adult visitor shall accompany children to the canteen. Only one (1) adult visitor per table shall go to the canteen per visit

BCFC Visitation Policy 16-01-01