Department of Corrections
Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, Kentucky State Reformatory Receive Near Perfect Scores in Re-Accreditation Audit
Luther Luckett Correctional Complex (LLCC) and the Kentucky State Reformatory (KSR), both in LaGrange, received near perfect scores on their recent re-accreditation audit with the American Correctional Association (ACA).
LLCC received a score of 99.6 percent, missing only two non-mandatory standards, both of which were physical plant issues and outside the control of the facility. KSR received a score of 99.2 percent and missed four non-mandatory standards, three of which were physical plant issues outside the facility’s control due to the closure of Dorm 2 earlier this year.
Buddy Kent, ACA chairperson for both audits, spoke very highly of the two prisons for receiving such high scores.
“I knew this was going to be a great audit after the first hour at the facility,” said Kent, talking about the LLCC re-accreditation. “The exuberance and enthusiasm of the staff was evident during the entire audit and you could tell they care deeply about this facility.” LLCC Warden Greg Howard expressed how proud he was of his staff. “A facility is only as good as the employees who work there,” said Howard. “This score demonstrates how good our employees really are.”
At KSR, Kent said the sanitation was excellent, considering the prison was built in 1937. “It is extremely hard to maintain an old prison, but staff here have gone above and beyond expectations in this area,” said Kent. “They do their jobs with conviction and they do it well.” He also noted the KSR staff had one of the most difficult missions in corrections due to the diverse population at the prison. KSR Warden Clark Taylor said the audit results were directly attributed to the hard work that both staff and inmates devote to the process. “I am very proud of how staff prepared for this audit and our score reflected their commitment to excellence,” said Taylor. ACA consists of more than 500 national standards that cover security, operational and programming aspects of a prison and require constant monitoring and quality control checks. Each prison is audited by ACA every three years and has an inter-departmental audit (Program Security Review) every year. Kentucky has been a member of ACA since the early 1980s.