Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex

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Concerned Aunt

Richmond, KY

#1 Mar 5, 2012
I haven't heard from my nephew since Thursday night and we weren't able to visit this weekend or today. Can't get in contact with the prison today to see if the phones are going to be working soon or if next weekend visits will be a go. If you have family there and you have heard from them or work or live in the area and know that the inmates are safe please let me know.
Mother

Florence, KY

#4 Mar 5, 2012
I talked to the prison today and they said the inmates were all fine but who knows. They say there are no phone lines so I don't know. All we can do is pray fot their saftey. Some people seem to think that just because they are inmates we shouldn't be concerned.
haley mooney

Evansville, IN

#5 Mar 5, 2012
My husband is there and I'm very worried about him......i hope they get phones soon!!!
Info

Mount Sterling, KY

#6 Mar 5, 2012
I know they are fine. I have no reason to lie about it. The inmates are fine. Someone I love works there and he said the inmates are being cared for just like it was a normal day. They have a back up generator,but they are still being very careful since the back up lights arent the best for security,for the inmates or for the workers there. They (inmates) are still getting meals,showers and medical care if they need it. Try not to worry,atleast not about if your son is being cared for because of the tornado. The tornado did not touch the prison. As soon as they have electric back up and workers who were affected (-some lost everything they had in the tornado)can come back to work,they will allow the inmates to call. Just know,to the inmates its business as usual. The COs who have to pull double shifts and work without one day off are the ones to be concerned about. Being exhausted and having to keep your mind sharp and worry about some inmate trying to shank you--thats something to be concerned about. Maybe your son isnt one who would do that,but the COs dont know that and there are some men up there that have killed for less than someone looking at them. The state of Kentucky is responsible for the inmates. Believe me,they are WELL taken care of.
Jessica

Shepherdsville, KY

#7 Mar 6, 2012
I just talked to an officer there and all the inmates are fine. They had them on lockdown for the first 2 days because they didnt have all of their power. The prison can receive calls but they cant call out. Therefore the inmates phones arent working. They also do not have internet service, without that we cant visit because they have no computers. They do not know when they will be up and running!!! The officer that i spoke to said to call back on Friday to see if the computers were up and running!
Kathy

Louisville, KY

#8 Mar 6, 2012
DOES ANYONE KNOWS IF WE CAN STILL SEND MONEY TO PUT ON THEIR BOOKS OR NOT?
kellyboo

Cambridge, Canada

#9 Mar 7, 2012
I heard yesterday that they have full power back. While cleaning crews were out they accidentally cut some wires that were for the phone. They are working on repairing them. Now that info is from a very reliable source. So I am hoping that the phones will be up and running very very soon! Thanks for all the great information that everyone has posted here. Now this is just my opinion, I dont think they would be able to receive the money you send. I would assume that its done electronically and since its not working 100% I would be afraid he wouldnt get it or it would be lost for a bit??? NOw I am just assuming.
wife

Hodgenville, KY

#10 Mar 7, 2012
i haven't heard from my husband either, but i am assuming the phone lines will be on as soon as they are able to get things cleared up a lil more...i just thank God he and everyone else is ok and hate it that so many others lost their homes in the area...my postmaster said that all mail has been re-routed to a nearby town so mail may be slower than usual, even though that is expected...you would think they would allow some of the inmates that are responsible to help with the cleanup efforts...it would be good for them to be able to help others and i know if my husband had the oppurtunity to help he would...i know the state would be too woried about escapees but for real-where would they run??? its in the mountains and the town is cut off from society at the moment. just a thought that crossed my mind, anyway i hope everyone gets to talk to their loved ones soon :) me included....
knowledge

Mount Sterling, KY

#11 Mar 8, 2012
the town is not cut off from society. There are plenty of volunteers helping get things back up and running and cleaning up without putting the communtiy in any more danger allowing inmates to roam freely. It wouldnt be safe for them to be out and about. Your husband may not have murdered anyone,but there are plenty of men there who have and child molesters also. That would be the last thing people of this community or surrounding communities need to be concerned about. They could run not too far and be on the interstate. Car keys left in a car and the damage would be done. Not to be mean to you all who love someone at EKCC,but they are behind those walls for a reason. Good decent people dont need to deal with them in good times,let alone during tornado aftermath.
mooney

Washington, DC

#12 Mar 8, 2012
My hubby said they are all OK just have no phones.......they will get to call ASAP......
haddix

Pittsburgh, PA

#13 Mar 8, 2012
Pure scrum c/o's there,
John

Campton, KY

#14 Mar 9, 2012
I worked there and still have friends that do. They do not have their computers up yet but the Prison is fine and the inmates are fine. Some of the minimum security inmates are helping the relief efforts and doing a very good job. Visitation was suspended because all the extra traffic would cause problems and hinder the workers efforts to restore power to the town. The officers at the prison are working 7 days a week because several of them lost everything. 21 employee's at last count. If they allowed visits you would have to go on some out of the way backroads and likely get lost several times. The Warden knows how important the visits are but the focus has to be getting the town running again. I'm sure they'll start visits just as soon as they possibly can. As for the scum remark, if you have an ax to grind why do it here? What does it say about you? Are you helping or just being you.
kitty

Erlanger, KY

#15 Mar 9, 2012
I feel real bad for all of those poor ppl in west liberty, I have a husband at ekcc and it's not the visits being cancelled that bothers me so much, its the fact that I cant get a phone call or mail and I understand the mail may not even be able to be delivered and they are working on the phone lines but it makes me mad when I see others on here who have gotten letters and a few even claim to have gotten phone calls, how can that be when the phones arent working?
wifey

Richmond, KY

#16 Mar 9, 2012
I've NOT got any calls but I have got letters, hope this helps.
kitty

Erlanger, KY

#17 Mar 9, 2012
@wifey,
Have the letters been written since the tornado last Friday? I am worried b/c I havent even gotten a letter from him. thanks
gf in california

San Francisco, CA

#18 Mar 9, 2012
@kitty,
i received a letter from my man yesterday and it was dated sunday march 4th. hope you hear from your loved one soon.
GoodHeart

United States

#19 Mar 9, 2012
Good decent people deal with inmates all the time. Mennonites are great for visiting them and showing the love of Jesus. The bible says we will stand before God some day and give an account about whether we visited those in prison. There are prisoners in there that are worth someones time. If you had a Daddy or a Brother or a Son in prison you would be concerned too if they were alive or not. I hope one day you will be effected by a loved one behind bars so that you will feel the grief. Not everyone in there has murdered or raped or molested a child or robbed a bank. How many people are free and never got caught? A lot!
knowledge wrote:
the town is not cut off from society. There are plenty of volunteers helping get things back up and running and cleaning up without putting the communtiy in any more danger allowing inmates to roam freely. It wouldnt be safe for them to be out and about. Your husband may not have murdered anyone,but there are plenty of men there who have and child molesters also. That would be the last thing people of this community or surrounding communities need to be concerned about. They could run not too far and be on the interstate. Car keys left in a car and the damage would be done. Not to be mean to you all who love someone at EKCC,but they are behind those walls for a reason. Good decent people dont need to deal with them in good times,let alone during tornado aftermath.
kellyboo

Cambridge, Canada

#20 Mar 9, 2012
I have not received any phone calls. There has been no attempt since March 2nd and it is driving me nuts now. I have received to letters this week but the last one was dated feb 29th. I havent received anything after the storm.... yet. I will post if I get call or letter.
knowledge

Mount Sterling, KY

#21 Mar 9, 2012
GoodHeart wrote:
Good decent people deal with inmates all the time. Mennonites are great for visiting them and showing the love of Jesus. The bible says we will stand before God some day and give an account about whether we visited those in prison. There are prisoners in there that are worth someones time. If you had a Daddy or a Brother or a Son in prison you would be concerned too if they were alive or not. I hope one day you will be effected by a loved one behind bars so that you will feel the grief. Not everyone in there has murdered or raped or molested a child or robbed a bank. How many people are free and never got caught? A lot!<quoted text>
I actually have a sister in prison at Pewee Valley. She killed her husband and no I dont go see her. I do love her in Christ. She literally destroyed my entire family,especially my mom-(dad died before hand). I didnt say anything negative about anyone in particular,but I do mean the people in the community does NOT need to be worried about inmates when they are dealing with the aftermath of a tornado. If that makes you mad,(shrug) so be it. Its a fact. Just so you know,I never ONCE posted anything about not being concerned with the inmates being alive,or their well being. Im actually happy nothing did happen to the prison. Someone I love is a CO there,so I wouldnt want anything to happen to the prison. He was working at the time of the tornado. He actually said he saw the tornado form from the prison. Please dont make something from my earlier post into something I NEVER even spoke about. Thanks!:)
kitty

Erlanger, KY

#22 Mar 9, 2012
thanks all of you for your updates. I am gonna go nuts if I dont hear from him soon. I guess all any of us can do is be patient.

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