PRISON RECORDS

 

MANY TIMES WE HAVE FOUND THAT ONE OF THOSE SKELETONS IN THE FAMILY CLOSET WERE ONE OF OUR ANCESTORS IN PRISON. HERE YOU WILL FIND LINKS FOR KENTUCKY AND OTHER STATES TO WRITE FOR RECORDS.

A Bit of KY Prison Trivia

1799 Kentucky State Penitentiary in Frankfort is established.

1855 A new system of prison administration was devised under which the Frankfort penitentiary itself was leased to an entrepreneur for $6,000 to 12,000 a year. The entrepreneur housed, fed, and cared for the inmates and, in turn, leased out convict labor to business interests or employed inmates in manufacturing inside the prison. The system made fortunes for several families who leased the prison for contract labor from the lessee. Prisoners produced furniture, wagons, harness, shoes, skirts, and shirts. In the mist of the profit-making abuse of the prisoners reached stunning proportions. In 1873 nearly 10% of the inmate population died of scurvy and other diseases brought about by improper feeding.

1875-1900 Cost of feeding an inmate is less than 10 cents a day. Inmates slept on beds made of moss, jammed two each in cells 6 by 3 feet.

1880's The Penitentiary was again brought under administrative control of the state, with a state appointed, state-paid superintendent.

1884 Construction of Kentucky Branch Penitentiary in Eddyville, Ky. is begun. Construction took 6 years and approximately $420,000.00.

1888 A statue on parole is passed. Convicts who are serving their first term, have good conduct records, and are not sentenced for rape or incest are eligible. Murders must serve ten years prior to parole, and any parolees who did not leave the state were required to report to the Commissioner of the Sinking Fund every 6 months.

 

Kentucky State Penitentiary
The Kentucky State Penitentiary is located on KY 730 in what is known as Old Eddyville. Built over 100 years ago, this mammoth stone structure towers majestically over Lake Barkley. Affectionately referred to by natives as "The Castle On The Cumberland" it is a favorite among photographers and visitors to Old Eddyville.
bullet History of the Kentucky State Penitentiary
bullet CASTLE ON THE CUMBERLAND
bullet Kentucky State Penitentiary

Box 128
Eddyville, KY 42038-0128

KENTUCKY
Department of Corrections
State Office Building
Frankfort, KY 40601

 

Federal Agencies and Institutions Addresses

Bureau of Prisons
320 First St NW
Washington, DC 20534
Mid-Atlantic Region:
Junction Business Park
10010 Junction Dr Suite 100-N
Annapolis, MD 20701
North Central Region:
Gateway Complex Tower II
4Th and State, 8th Floor
Kansas City, KS 66101-2492
Northeast Region:
US Customs House, 7th Floor
2nd and Chestnut Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19106
South Central Region:
4211 Cedar Springs Rd Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75219
Southeast Region:
523 McDonough Blvd SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
  Western Region:
7950 Dublin Blvd 3rd Floor
Dublin, CA 94568
 




State and Local Agenices and Institutions
The states listed with a * means no pre-1900 records

ALABAMA*
State Department of Corrections
Gorden Person Building, Third Floor
50 N Ripley St
Montgomery, AL 36130
ALASKA*
Department of Health and Social Services
Board of Parole
PO Box 110630
Juneau, AK 99811
ARKANSAS*
Department of Corrections and
Community Punishment
Box 8707
Pine Bluff, AR 71611
CALIFORNIA
Department of Corrections
1515 S st
PO Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001
California State Prison at San Quentin
San Quentin, CA 94964 (year 1852)
California State Prison of Sacramento
PO Box 29
Represa, CA 95671
COLORADO
 
State Department of Corrections
2862 S Circle Dr Ste 400
Colorado Springs, CO 80906-4195
Canon Correctional Facility
Box 1010
Canon City, CO 81212
CONNECTICUT
 
Department of Correction
340 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106-1494
Cybulski Correctional Institution
PO Box 775
264 Bilton Rd
Somers, CT 06071
DELAWARE*
Department of Corrections
80 Monrovia Ave
Smyrna, DE 19977-1597
WASHINGTON, DC*
Department of Corrections
1923 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
 
FLORIDA
 
Department of Corrections
2601 Blair Stone Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
Florida State Prison
Box 747
Starke, FL 32091
GEORGIA*
Department of Corrections
Floyd Building, Twin Towers E, Room 756
Martin Luther King Jr, Dr S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30334
HAWAII*
Department of Public Safely
919 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
 
IDAHO
 
Department of Correction
500 S 10th
State-House Mail
Boise, ID 83720
Idaho State Correctional Institution
Box 14
Bosie, ID 83707
ILLINOIS
 
Department of Corrections
1301 Concordia Court
PO Box 19277
Springfield, IL 62794-9277
Menard Correctional Center
Box 711
Menard, IL 62259
  Pontiac Correctional Center
Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764
Joliet Correctional Center
Box 515
Joliet, IL 60432
INDIANA
Department of Correction
Indiana Government Center South
302 W Washington St, Room E334
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2278
Indiana State Prison
Box 41
Michigan City, IN 46360
Indiana Boys School
501 W Main St
Plainfield, IN 46168
IOWA
Department of Corrections
Capital Annex
523 E. 12 St
Des Moines, IA 50319-0001
The Men's Reformatory
Box B
Anamosa, IA 52205
Iowa State Penitentiary
Box 316
Fort Madison, IA 52627
KANSAS
Department of Corrections
Landon State Office Building, 4th Floor
900 SW Jackson
Topeka, KS 66612-1284
Hutchinson Correctional Facility
500 S Reformatory Rd
Box 1568
Hutchinson, KS 67504-1568
Lansing Correctional Facility
Box 2
Lansing, KS 66043
KENTUCKY
 
Department of Corrections
State Office Building
Frankfort, KY 40601
Kentucky State Penitentiary
Box 128
Eddyville, KY 42038-0128
LOUISIANA
 
Department of Public Safety and Corrections
PO Box 94304, Capital Station
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9304
Louisiana State Penitentiary
Angola, LA 70712
MAINE
Department of Corrections
State House Station III
Augusta, ME 04333
Maine State Prison
Box A
Thomaston, ME 04861
Maine Youth Center
675 Westbrook St
South Portland, ME 04106
MARYLAND
 
Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Division of Correction
6776 Reisterstown Rd Ste 311
Baltimore, MD 21215-2342
Maryland House of Correction
Box 534
Jessup, MD 20794
  Maryland Penitentiary
954 Forrest St
Baltimore, MD 21202
Cheltenham Youth Facility
Cheltenham, MD 20623
MASSACHUSETTS
Executive Office of Public Safety
Department of Correction
Saltonstall Office Building
100 Cambridge
Boston, MA 02202
Bridgewater State Hospital
20 Administration Rd
Bridgewater, MA 02324
Massachusetts Correctional Institution
Box 00
West Concord, MA 01742
MICHIGAN Department of Corrections
Grandview Plaza Building
PO Box 30003
Lansing, MI 48909
Michigan Reformatory
1342 W Main St
Ionia, MI 48846
Adrian Training School
Box 218
Adrian, MI 49221 (Juveniles)
Marquette Branch Prison
PO Box 779
Marquette, MI 49855
State Prison of Southern Michigan
4000 Cooper St
Jackson, MI 49201
MINNESOTA

Department of Corrections
300 Bigelow Building
450 N Syndicate St
St Paul, MN 55104-4127

Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing
1079 Hwy 292
Red Wing, MN 55066
Minnesota Correctional Facility-St Cloud
Box B
2305 Minnesota Blvd SE
St Cloud, MN 56302
MISSISSIPPI
Department of Corrections
723 N President St
Jackson, MS 39202-3097
   
MISSOURI Department of Corrections
PO Box 236
2729 Plaza Dr
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0236
Jefferson City Correctional Center
Box 597
Jefferson City, MO 65102
  Boonville Correctional Center
PO Box 379
Boonville, MO 65233
Chillicothe Correctional Center
1500 W 3rd
Chillicothe, MO 64601
MONTANA
Department of Corrections and Human Services
Corrections Division
1539 11th Ave
Helena, MT 59620-1301
Montana State Prison
400 Conley Lake Rd
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
Pine Hills School
PO Box 1058
Miles City, MT 59301 (Juveniles)
NEBRASKA Department of Correctional Services
Box 94661
Lincoln, NE 68509-4661
Nebraska State Penitentiary
Box 2500
Lincoln, NE 68502-0500
NEVADA
Department of Prison
Box 7011
Carson City, NV 89702-7011
Nevada State Prison
Box 607
Carson City, NV 89702
Nevada Youth Training Center
Box 469
Elko, NV 89801
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Department of Corrections
PO Box 769
Concord, NH 03302-0769
New Hampshire State Prison
Box 14
Concord, NH 03301
New Hampshire Youth Development Center
1056 N River Rd
Manchester, NH 03104-1998
NEW JERSEY Department of Corrections
Whittlesey Rd, CN-863
Trenton, NJ 08625-0863
New Jersey State Prison
CN-861
Trenton, NJ 08625
NEW MEXICO Corrections Department
PO Box 27116
Santa Fe, NM 87502-0116
Penitentiary of New Mexico
Box 1059
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1059
NEW YORK New York State Commission of Correction
Department of Correctional Services
State Office Building Campus
Albany, NY 12226
Albion Correctional Facility
3595 State School Rd
Albion, NY 14411
Auburn Correctional Facility
Box 618
135 State St
Auburn, NY 13021
Clinton Correctional Facility
PO Box 2000
Dannemora, NY 12929
Elmira Correctional Facility
Box 500
Davis & Bancroft Sts.
Elmira, NY 14902
Fishkill Correctional Facility
Box 307 Prospect St
Beacon, NY 12508
Sing Sing Correctional Facility
354 Hunter St
Ossining, NY 10562-5442
NEW YORK CITY
New York City Department of Corrections
60 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013-4393
NORTH CAROLINA
Department of Correction
214 W. Jones St
Raleigh, NC 27603-1337
Division of Prisons
831 W Morgan St
Raleigh, NC 27603
Central Prison
1300 Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27606
NORTH DAKOTA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
PO Box 1898
Bismarck, ND 58502-5521
North Dakota State Penitentiary
Box 5521
Bismarck, ND 58502-5521
OHIO Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
1050 Freeway Dr N
Columbus, OH 43229
Mansfield Correctional Institution
1150 N Main St
PO Box 1368
Mansfield, OH 44901
OKLAHOMA
 
Department of Corrections
3400 Martin Luther King Jr Ave
Oklahoma, OK 73136-0400
 
OREGON Department of Corrections
2575 Center St NE
Salem, OR 97310-0470
Oregon State Penitentiary
2605 State St
Salem, OR 97310-0505
PENNSYLVANIA Department of Corrections
Box 598
Camp Hill, PA 17011-0598
State Correctional Institution-Huntingdon
1100 Pike St
Huntingdon, PA 16651-1112
  PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia Prison System
8201 State Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19136
House of Correction
8001 State Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19136
  State Correctional Institution and Correctional
Diagnostic and Classification Center
Box 99901
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Holmsburg Prison
8215 Torresdale Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19136
RHODE ISLAND Department of Corrections
40 Howard Ave
Cranston, RI 02920
Rhode Island Training School
300 New London Ave
Cranston, RI 02920
SOUTH CAROLINA Department of Corrections
4444 Broad River Rd
Box 21787
Columbia, SC 29221
Wateree River Correctional Institution
PO Box 189
Rembert, SC 29128
SOUTH DAKOTA
Department of Corrections
115 E Dakota Ave
Pierre, SD 57501-3216
South Dakota State Penitentiary
Box 5911
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5911
South Dakota Training School
Box 70
Plankinton, SD 57368-0070
TENNESSEE
Department of Correction
Rachel Jackson State Office Building
320 Sixth Ave N
Nashville, TN 37243-0465
Tennessee Prison for Women
Stewarts Lane
Nashville, TN 37243-0468
Brushy Mountain Prison
PO Box 1000
Petros, TN 37845
TEXAS Department of Criminal Justice
Institutional Division
Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342-0099
Huntsville Unit
Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342
Jester Unit I, II, and III
Horlen Rd
Richmond, TX 77469
Jester Unit IV
2020 Imogene Rd
Richmond, TX 77469
Wynne Unit
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342
UTAH Department of Corrections
6100 S 300 E
Salt Lake, UT 84107
South Point Facilities
Box 250
Draper, UT 84020
VERMONT Agency of Human Services
Department of Corrections
103 South Main St
Waterbury, VT 05671-1001
 
VIRGINIA State Department of Corrections
Box 26963
6900 Atmore Dr
Richmond, VA 23261-6963
Powhatan Correctional Center
State Farm, VA 23160
  Beaumont Learning Center
PO Box 491
Beaumont, VA 23014
Hanover Learning Center
Hanover, VA 23069
WASHINGTON Department of Corrections
PO Box 41100
Olympia, WA 98504-1100
Washington State Penitentiary
Box 520 Walla Walla, WA 99362-1065
WEST VIRGINIA Department of Public Safety
Division of Corrections
112 California Ave, Building 4
Charleston, WV 25305
North Correctional Center
Rd 2, Box 1
Moundsville, WV 26041
  West Virginia Industrial School for Boys
Grafton, WV 26354
Industrial Home for Youth
PO Box 7
Salem, WV 26375
WISCONSIN Department of Corrections
Box 7925
149 E Wilson St
Madison, WI 53707-7925
Waupun Correctional Institution
Box 351
Waupun, WI 53963-0351
  Green Bay Correctional Institution
Box 19033
Green Bay, WI 54307-0351
 
WYOMING Department of Corrections
Herschler Building
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Wyoming State Penitentiary
Box 400
Rawlins, WY 82301