Frankfort Prison to Become State Police Training Academy

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has decided to close a minimum security prison and make it a training academy for Kentucky State Police.

Beshear says the state no longer needs the Frankfort Career Development Center, which houses 205 low-risk inmates.

“Our inmate population has dropped, more than 1600 inmates, between February 15, 2008 and April 20 of this year. This is a sustained drop and we expect that trend to continue,” he says.

KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer is happy with th development.

“I’d like to thank Secretary Brown and Governor Beshear for their innovativeness and their leadership in allowing us to do that – and definitely the Department of Corrections for their generosity. It’s not many days that you get a 362 acre complex deeded over to you,” he says.

Positions at other correctional facilities have already been found for the 47 staff members at the Frankfort prison. The inmates will be sent to county jails, halfway houses and community supervision. KSP will get keys to the prison on July 1st.

Published by Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.