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Beshear announces plan to open Southeast State Correctional Complex in Wheelwright

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet on Thursday announced plans for the Department of Corrections to open and operate Southeast State Correctional Complex. “The 656-bed prison is located in Wheelwright, and its opening will reduce the number of state inmates in county jails,” said Beshear. “The state commits to safely and effectively running this state prison, while being...

Beshear appoints experienced leader Cookie Crews as commissioner of Department of Corrections

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the appointment of Cookie Crews as commissioner of the Department of Corrections. “Cookie Crews knows our corrections system and is well suited to lead this department during a trying time for the agency, our employees and the inmates,” said Beshear. “She is a dedicated, experienced leader who has worked at every level of the agency.” Crews is a 36-year veteran...