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Default What You Need to Know About Western Kentucky Correctional Complex

374 New Bethel Church Road
Fredonia, KY 42411
Warden: Becky W. Pancake
Secretary: Dorothy Crady

Phone: (270)388-9781
Fax: (270)388-0031

About WKCC
The Western Kentucky Correctional Complex, located in Lyon County, is a 673 man medium security facility which includes a 180-bed minimum security unit. The minimum security inmates maintain a 2,300 acre farm and provide several community work details.

Institutional Information

Security Status Medium/Minimum
Date Opened 1977
Population 650
Total Acreage 2,450
Total Staff
Black Inmates 35%
White Inmates 68%
Annual Cost Per Inmate $16,267.94
Daily Cost Per Inmate $44.57
Annual Operating Budget 10 million
Accredited by American Correctional Association (ACA)


New Life Behavior: The New Life Behavior course is designed to assist anyone who is interested in
redirecting their lives.

The curriculum was designed for people who are experiencing changes in their lives. The Bible is used asa reference text, yet this is not a Bible course. Rather, the Bible is used as a guidebook to get the desired changes in behavior, attitudes, and concepts of the students. The purpose is to integrate what a person thinks, feels, and does, as illuminated by Bible texts. The goal is to help individuals reconcile themselves to God, family, and society in general.

The New Life Behavior class is an 18 month course and meets every Thursday, for two hours, at 12:00 noon.

Even Start: The purpose of this program is to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of low income families by integrating early childhood education, adult basic education, parenting education, and life skills education into a unified family literacy program. Additionally, parent and child time will allow both parents to participate in the development of their children. Through increased education and improved parenting and life management skills, the institution is also hopeful of a more successful re-entry of the inmate into the community and reduced recidivism rate. It is recognized that education, parenting, and life skills management plays an integral part toward this goal.

Even Start specifically focuses on reading and improving reading skills in children and adults. The program attempts to remove all barriers that prevent the wife of an inmate from receiving adult education classes and from participating in parenting and life skills classes while at the same time having the opportunity to have quality parenting and child time together with the incarcerated fathers and their children.

The life skills component consists of consumer skills, personal finances, parenting skills, health and wellness, and communication skills. The sessions provide activities for self-esteem building and principles of creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making.

Sex Offender Treatment Program: The Sex Offender Treatment program was established by law in 1986. Under the provisions of KSR 197, any individual convicted of a sex offense after July, 1986, must complete this program to be eligible for parole consideration. Participation is voluntary. A convicted sex offender may choose to serve out his sentence rather than participate.

The program is staffed by two (2) full-time counselors who also are responsible for conducting the program at the Kentucky State Penitentiary and the Community Program for Western Kentucky. There may be up to 150 individuals in the program at any given time. Treatment consists of initial psychological assessment, educational groups focusing on family patterns and human sexuality, and long-term group therapy. The group therapy is built around the relapse prevention model, and cognitive-behavioral approach that was originally developed for use with addicts. Therapy involves a series of tasks designed to help the individual understand the origins and dynamics of his offending behavior and to take full responsibility for his behavior, to develop a comprehensive strategy to avoid offending in the future and to come to realize the consequences of his behavior for his victim. It takes an average of two (2) years to complete the program. Individual therapy is also available.

Farm Program: The farm at WKCC has approximately 2300 acres and the farm operation includes approximately 17 registered bulls, 630 head of commercial cattle, 780 acres of row crops, 20 acres of garden crops, an apple orchard, and a composting operation, which composts approximately 13,000 gallons of garbage per month. The remaining acreage is used for hay and pasture.

Profits from the farming operations for 2003 were about $57,536.08 which was submitted to the General Fund.

Bridges to Freedom: The Bridges to Freedom program is currently offered to minimum-security unit. The program assists participates with their cognitive skills. It has ten (10) segments. The segments are: physical health, mental health, education, time management, spiritual, possessions, leisure time, financial, and relationships. Some segments, such as time management, financial and career, are given more than others. The program is a nine-week course meeting five nights per week for approximately three hours.

Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) Program: The Positive Mental Attitude Program. The program as derived from Napoleon Hill's book "Keys to Success", demonstrates the 17 principles of personal achievement. Through this program, the inmates learn such things as developing definiteness of purpose, creating a positive attitude, building self-discipline, organizing your time and energy, cultivating creative vision, budgeting your money, perfecting your personality, and making good health a habit.

Other programs include:

Alcohol Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

Pre-Treatment Alcohol-Drug Abuse Program

General Inmate information

All incoming mail shall be sent via the US Postal Service and addressed with the inmate’s name, his institutional number, Western kentucky Corrections Complex, 374 New Bethel Church Road, Fredonia Kentucky 42411. All incoming mail is opened and inspected for contraband. Stamps are not accepted through the mail.

Inmate Money

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 in c/o Inmate Accounts and contain no other item. Money Orders will be returned to the sender if sent with a letter or any other item. Inmates are allowed to receive up to five (5) money orders per month.

In addition, payment will be accepted via the 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:

Made payable to the Western Kentucky Corrections Complex. Code City and State are Fredonia, Kentucky. Where the form asks for Account Number, both inmate name and institutional ID number are required.

Deposits shall not exceed $200 for any one deposit, except from IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS


If it is necessary to phone the Complex in an emergency, the telephone number is (270) 388-9781. The Shift Captain on duty should be notified of emergencies. Inmates are not allowed to receive telephone calls.

Visiting Information
Visiting Time:

Visiting hours shall be on Saturday and Sunday for inmates from 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Visitor registration for visitation shall be from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A visitor shall not be permitted to enter after 10:30 a.m. nor exit between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

A visiting schedule dividing the institutional population and visiting days shall be developed. The schedule shall be rotated on a quarterly basis and shall assign specific visiting days for each inmate based on the last digit of his assigned institutional number. Any inmate whose last digit of his institutional number ends in an even number, including “0”, may visit on one (1) weekend day while an inmate with an institutional number ending in an odd number may visit on the remaining weekend day. Holidays wherein visiting is permitted shall normally be divided into two (2) visiting schedules, morning and afternoon, with visitation assigned according to an institutional number as noted above and rotated each holiday.

The schedule for visiting shall be posted in the Visiting Building, made available to each inmate during the reception and orientation program, and made available to all adult visitors upon request.

Visitors’ registration for holiday visitation in the morning session, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., shall be from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. A visitor shall not be permitted to enter after 9:30 a.m. nor exit between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Visitors’ registration for holiday visitation in the afternoon session, 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., shall be from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. A visitor shall not be permitted to enter after 1:30 p.m. nor exit between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Number of Visitors:

To accommodate the amount of indoor visiting space at WKCC, each inmate shall receive a maximum of two adult visitors at any one time. There shall be no restrictions on the number of visitors under age 18 provided other regulations regarding children’s entry are met.

The only exceptions to the above shall be if an inmate receives written approval from the Warden or the appropriate Deputy Warden to exceed the two adult visitor limit. Any inmate requesting to exceed the two adult visitor limit shall submit a written request to the Warden or the appropriate Deputy Warden providing the reason for the request, the number of persons requested to visit, relation to the visitors, the date requested, and any other relevant information. All requests for exceptions shall be received no later than one week proceeding the requested visiting day. The Warden or the appropriate Deputy Warden may approve the request, if in his opinion, an exception to the regulation is warranted.

Visitors Allowed and Excluded:

All visitors must be on the inmate’s approved visitation list prior to the day of visitation. It shall be the responsibility of the inmate to ensure all visitors are on the approved list.

Persons under the age of 18 shall not be permitted to visit unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or by another immediate family member with notarized written parental or guardian approval. The name of the parent, legal guardian or other immediate family member accompanying the child shall be included on the approved visitation list. All children shall visit with the same inmate being visited by the accompanying adult and shall be kept under supervision of the accompanying adult.

Former WKCC staff who do not work for the Department of Corrections shall be allowed to visit only with the written approval of the Warden.

Former inmates of the Kentucky Corrections System shall have written permission from the Warden prior to being allowed to visit, including those inmates who have been discharged from their sentences.

Any visitor who becomes disruptive, allows their children to be disruptive or does not follow visiting guidelines shall be asked to leave, and the visit shall be terminated. The Warden or the appropriate Deputy Warden shall review the situation and shall determine a specific length of time for restricting the visitor.

Visitors whose presence or activities present a threat to the security or orderly operations of the institution or who do not promote the reintegrating of the inmate to the community shall be restricted for a specified amount of time, including those who:

a. Attempt to introduce contraband or dangerous contraband such as alcoholic beverages, drugs, or weapons into the institution. Visitors andinmates shall be prosecuted if found to be in possession of dangerous contraband. The contraband shall be confiscated, and the visitor shall be detained for law enforcement authorities;

b. Have a past record of disruptive conduct while visiting any correctional facility or were directly related to the inmates criminal behavior;

c. May be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescribed or illegal drugs as exhibited by their inappropriate behavior or the odor of an intoxicating beverage;

d. Refuse to submit to a search of their personal property or vehicle or fail to show proper identification or submit (those 16 years old and older) to the Iris Scan;

e. Are currently on parole or probation and do not have written permission to visit from both their probation and parole officer and the warden;

f. Are dressed in an offensive manner or clothing that does not conform to good taste. The shift supervisor shall determine appropriate dress in accordance with WKCC 16-01-01;

g. Present falsified identification or information.

Visitors listed on the restricted visiting list for WKCC or any other correctional institution shall be denied visitation privileges at WKCC for the period of the time designated on the list.

Visitors denied entry due to improper identification or for other reasons shall be advised of the reason in a polite, but firm manner and shall be directed to leave the institutional grounds.

Visitor’s Dress Code:

1. In keeping with the institution’s policy of maintaining a healthy, relaxed visiting atmosphere, the adoption of reasonable standards of dress has been established.

2. All visitors shall be expected to dress in appropriate attire while at the institution. If, in the opinion of the admitting officer, the visitor is not properly clothed in accordance with this dress code, the visit shall be denied. Additionally, proper dress shall be maintained throughout the visit.

3. Any modest attire including a dress, skirt, blue jeans, pantsuit, blouse and shirt are recommended as appropriate for females. Sundresses shall be allowed but shall have shoulder straps. Shorts shall be allowed but shall not exceed more than six (6) inches above the knee. A dress or skirt, and any split, slit, zipper, or buttons thereon, shall not exceed four (4) inches above the knee.

4. Undergarments, including bra and underwear, and pantyhose worn by a female visitor, shall be worn at all times. For a female visitor, clothing which does not completely cover the midriff, cleavage, or bosom shall not be acceptable.

5. A halter top, tank top, sleeveless shirts, hot pants, short-shorts, mini-skirt, leggings, spandex orstretch type pants including sweat pants or jogging suits, and see through clothing shall not be allowed. Clothing which does not completely cover the midriff, cleavage, or breasts, shall not be acceptable.

6. A male visitor shall be expected to wear long or short pants and a long or short sleeve shirt. Bermuda shorts shall be permitted provided the shorts do not extend more than (6) inches above the knee. A tank top, cutoffs, muscle shirt, sweatpants, or see through clothing of any type shall be prohibited. Underwear shall be worn.

7. Footwear shall be required at all times.

8. A visitor shall not be allowed to wear clothing, a hat, insignia or emblem that reflects a gang or club that is not recognized by WKCC policies.

Registration and Identification:

Visitors shall park their vehicles in the designated parking area and proceed to the registration desk.

Each visitor, except children 11 years of age or under, shall sign the log indicating his name and the inmate to be visited as well as listing the visitor’s social security number. Children 11 years of age or under shall be singed-in by his accompanying parent or guardian. The social security number of the child shall be recorded by the parent or guardian.

As provided for in CPP 16.1, section “Identification”, except children under age 18, all visitors shall show proof of identification. A visitor, where proper identification is questioned, may be directed to wait until all other visitors waiting in line are processed in so as to avoid delays. Valid identification shall be a driver’s license, county identification card, or an equivalent piece of identification with a picture of the visitor permanently affixed to it.

The visiting office shall ask all visitors if they have any medication, weapons, or alcohol in their possession prior to authorizing the visit.

No visitor shall visit more than one inmate at the same time unless prior approval has been given by the Warden or the appropriate Deputy Warden.

General Rules and Guidelines:

Visitors and inmates shall be limited to a brief kiss and embrace at the beginning and end of each visit. Holding hands during the visit shall be permitted. While sitting at the tables, both the inmate’s and the visitors’ hands shall remain above the tabletop. Inmates shall not sit or stand pressed against any visitor.

Visitors shall abide by the posted dress code located in the front gate entrance and visiting building.

Smoking shall be prohibited in the visiting room and restrooms by all visitors and inmates.

Smoking in the restrooms shall be grounds for termination of the visit.

No profane, vulgar, or sexually suggestive language shall be permitted during visits.

Visitors shall act in a dignified manner while visiting. Visitors who fail to abide by institutional rules shall have their visits terminated by the shift supervisor.

Only the following items shall be brought into the visiting area by visitors:

a.Each adult visitor shall be permitted to bring into the institution a maximum of $20.00 in denominations no larger than $1.00 bills only. An addition $5.00, in denominations no larger than $1.00 bills, for each minor may be allowed;

b.Wedding band (if married); no other jewelry including earrings, bracelets and necklaces;

c.Comb or brush;

d.Two handkerchiefs, white only;

e.Identification card;

f.Vehicle keys.

The parent or guardian of an infant or small child, in addition to the personal items listed above, shall be permitted the following:

a.Stroller or infant seat

b.Diaper bag including

1.Clothing-one change per child


3.Petroleum jelly, one clear plastic container.

4.Bottles-clear plastic

5.Bormula or drink-unopened ready mixed or premixed container opened in presence of visiting officials.

6.Container, one clear plastic for excess formula, if necessary.

7.Wipes, small package

8.Baby blanket, one

9. Pacifier

10.Teething ring

Visitors shall not return to their vehicles once the visit has started. Inmates and visitors shall not be allowed to visit from table to table or “table-hop”.

Visitors shall not be permitted to re-register to visit the same inmate or another inmate on the same day.
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