Department of Corrections
Western Kentucky Correctional Complex
Frankfort, KY – Western Kentucky Correctional Complex (WKCC) received perfect scores during its re-accreditation process with the American Correctional Association (ACA).
WKCC was constructed in 1968 as a satellite facility of the Kentucky State Penitentiary (KSP). In 1977, this facility became a separate institution called the Western Kentucky Farm Center which was later changed to Western Kentucky Correctional Complex. The institution houses 671 inmates and includes a 180 bed minimum-security unit, 44 cells in a special management unit.
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.
WKCC began its audit on Wednesday, April 5 and completed the audit process today with a score of 100% on the mandatory standards and 100% on non-mandatory standards. This is the highest score in the history of the institution.
Warden Pancake and her staff were praised for their dedication and hard work. The accreditation panel complimented the facility for its outstanding sanitation, job performance and teamwork.
“I am very pleased with the results of WKCC’s audit,” said Kentucky Department of Corrections Commissioner John D. Rees. “A score of 100 percent on applicable non-mandatory standards is rare and I’m thrilled that three of our institutions in Kentucky have received this score in the past 12 months. We are obviously quite proud of our record. It demonstrates the effort by staff, and shows both the quality of their performance and the commitment to professional correctional service that they demonstrate day in and day out.”