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The Jail System

Kentucky has 84 jails in 120 counties. The jail population in 2020 was 27,220.

The Prison System

As of December 31, 2020, the number of prisoners under the jurisdiction of the State of Kentucky correctional authorities was 18,552 located in 14 state prisons and held in custody of private prisons or local jails. Kentucky operated facilities had a staff of 4,400 employees and a budget of $644,589,100.

The Community Corrections System

As of December 31, 2020, Kentucky community corrections population was 55,460 under probation and 14,429 under parole.


The National Institute of Corrections depends on publicly available information to provide the information on this page.

The statistics for budgets, employee positions, and state prison facilities data come from state departments of corrections, other state reports and state agencies. If data is missing for a state, then we were unable to find that information.

The data on prison population and incarcerate rate come from the Prisoners in 2020 report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The report includes the count of prisoners in the unified systems of Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Violent and property crime rates are provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

The number of counties per state comes from the United States Census Bureau.

Rates (Per 100K)

Incarceration Rate


Prison Population
Parole Population
Probation Population


Number of State Prison Facilities
14 facilities


Employee Positions
Prison Budget