Eastern Kentucky University

Kentucky Prison System

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This series focuses on the history and development of the Kentucky prison system, with emphasis on social forces and the political environment in state government.

Wardens, parole board members, commissioners of corrections, prison employees, and former governor Edward T. Breathitt, Jr., discuss the partial destruction of the Kentucky Reformatory in Frankfort by the 1937 flood, the construction of the Kentucky State Reformatory at LaGrange and the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women near Pewee Valley in 1938, the effects of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, and the results of Judge Edward H. Johnstone's consent decree in 1980: reduction of the population at the Kentucky State Penitentiary and the Kentucky State Reformatory, enhanced programs and services for prisoner rehabilitation, and the largest ever state allocation of funds for the prison system. The interviews also document the activities of corrections personnel.

Datesort descending Interviewee(s) Interviewer(s)
Francis Cooter
Harold Black
Harold Black
Francis Cooter
07/15/1981 William C Seabold Charles H. Reedy
07/15/1981 William C. Seabold Charles H. Reedy
07/16/1981 Carol Shirley Charles H. Reedy
07/16/1981 Carol Shirley Charles H. Reedy
07/16/1981 Roy Tomlinson Charles H. Reedy
07/16/1981 Roy Tomlinson Charles H. Reedy
07/22/1981 Homer Patterson Charles H. Reedy
07/22/1981 John Drennon Charles H. Reedy
07/22/1981 Homer Patterson Charles H. Reedy
07/22/1981 John Drennon Charles H. Reedy
07/23/1981 John Wingo Charles H. Reedy
07/23/1981 John Wingo Charles H. Reedy
07/29/1981 John Rees Charles H. Reedy
07/29/1981 John Rees Charles H. Reedy
07/29/1981 Michael Montgomery Charles H. Reedy
07/29/1981 Michael Montgomery Charles H. Reedy
07/30/1981 Tony Williams Charles H. Reedy
07/30/1981 Betty Kassulke Charles H. Reedy
07/30/1981 Betty Kassulke Charles H. Reedy
07/30/1981 Tony Williams Charles H. Reedy
11/10/1981 Lucille Robucks Charles H. Reedy
11/10/1981 Lucille Robucks Charles H. Reedy
11/17/1981 Brett Scott Charles H. Reedy
11/17/1981 Brett Scott Charles H. Reedy
12/11/1981 George Wilson Charles H. Reedy
12/11/1981 George Wilson Charles H. Reedy
03/22/1982 Allie Sharp Charles H. Reedy
03/22/1982 William Lasley Charles H. Reedy
03/22/1982 Allie Sharp Charles H. Reedy
03/22/1982 William Lasley Charles H. Reedy
03/23/1982 Gary Dennis Charles H. Reedy
03/23/1982 Gary Dennis Charles H. Reedy
03/25/1982 Charles H. Reedy
03/25/1982 Charles H. Reedy
04/01/1982 Pat Martin Charles H. Reedy
04/01/1982 Pat Martin Charles H. Reedy
04/12/1982 Joseph Baker Charles H. Reedy
04/12/1982 Joseph Baker Charles H. Reedy
04/14/1982 Robert Gordon Charles H. Reedy
04/14/1982 Robert Gordon Charles H. Reedy
04/19/1982 Harold Black Charles H. Reedy
04/19/1982 Harold Black Charles H. Reedy
04/21/1982 Ronald Roddy Charles H. Reedy
04/21/1982 Ronald Roddy Charles H. Reedy
04/26/1982 Ernest Summit Charles H. Reedy
04/26/1982 Ernest Summit Charles H. Reedy
04/28/1982 Ralph Edwards Charles H. Reedy
04/28/1982 Ralph Edwards Charles H. Reedy
05/04/1982 Edward Breathitt Charles H. Reedy
05/04/1982 Edward Breathitt Charles H. Reedy
06/10/1982 Lester Moore Charles H. Reedy
06/10/1982 Lester Moore Charles H. Reedy
06/10/1982 Al Park Charles H. Reedy
06/10/1982 Al Park Charles H. Reedy