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Kentucky State Penitentiary

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A Kentucky death row inmate has filed a federal lawsuit against the state claiming he is being denied kosher food at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville. 

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  Lyon County’s Judge Executive has mounted a campaign to raise awareness of what he says are underpaid state troopers and corrections staff.   

Judge-Executive Wade White says low pay and high stress are partly to blame for a 67 % turnover rate within the state Department of Corrections.  

Kentucky's Death Penalty: A Comprehensive Look

Aug 12, 2014
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Allen Ault admits to being a murderer.

But Ault isn’t behind bars, nor was he tried for his “crimes”; he’s currently dean of Criminal Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. But as Ault told an interim joint committee on the judiciary earlier this month, he considers his actions as a director of corrections akin to premeditated murder.

“I have murdered five people as an agent of the state,” he said.

Ault said that many of his former colleagues have committed suicide or retreated into drugs to cope with their actions

A union representing Kentucky corrections officers plans to meet to discuss a push for higher pay.

The Lake Barkley #60 Fraternal Order of Police is set to meet today at Lee Jones Park in Eddyville.

Union President Larry Bland told WPSD the state needs to find a way to pay more to its underpaid and overworked corrections officers.

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A Kentucky State Penitentiary employee faces rape charges following her arrest for an alleged sexual relationship with an inmate.  Forty-one year old Lori Holsapple of Kuttawa was taken into custody late last week following a two-month state police investigation.  Holsapple worked as an educator at the Eddyville facility, and has been charged with third-degree rape.  KSP Post 1 public affairs officer Trooper Jay Thomas says even though it was a consensual relationship, she received charges of rape due to her employment.

New State Penitentiary Warden Tapped

Jun 6, 2012

An Iraq war veteran with 16 years of experience with the Kentucky Department of Corrections has been tapped as the new warden at Eddyville’s Kentucky State Penitentiary.  

From NPR: Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost, a Republican representing Murphysboro,  lost his cool after receiving a new version of pension-reform legislation.

From around the region:

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The  man who has led  the Kentucky State Penitentiary for the past two and a half years is leaving his post at the end of the week. This will be the second time Philip W. Parker  has retired from the position.