Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville received the highest score ever recorded for the prison in its recent re-accreditation audit with the American Correctional Association. The prison received a total score of 99 percent. This audit marks the 11th accreditation in the history of the penitentiary, Kentucky's oldest prison facility.
The prison will receive its re-accreditation award in August during the association's conference in Washington D.C. The prison has been accredited since 1983. The American Correctional Association audit 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 interdepartmental audit every year. Kentucky has been a member of ACA since the early 1980s.