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the KENT"


MAR 2 2 1979
M. l. KING



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\- i A, $40,000 National Institute
of Corrections (NIC). grant has
been awarded to- the Kentucky
Bureau _of Corrections for the
expansion of the inmate griev-

' ‘ance prOcedure. ,
' ‘ According to Bureau _Om->

budsman Michael Bradley, the
grievance procedure is cur-
rently operating in four fac-
ilities—at ,vBlackburn Correc-
tional Complex in Lexington;

the Kentucky State Reforma- '

tory at La Grange; the Frank-
fort» Career Development

, Center and the Kentucky Cor-.

f rectional Institution for Wo-
. .men at Pewee Valley. He said
the grant will be used to
_ establish the procedure at the
., remaining six institutions.

ZBradlefy' explained that
‘ ' meetings have been'held with

., ' staff‘from theCenter of Com-.
,7 munity Justice in .Washington,
I" x 1D. C.‘, "Concerning“, the fméthod
for implementing the-“griev-


ance procedure at the institu- -,


the design,gtraining and im-

plementation of a grievance .

procedure throughout the
United States, including the
four Kentucky institutions
where the program is now

Bradley said the decision

has been made to begin the

expansion at the Penitentiary.
“We. hope. to begin the

design work and initial train-

ing in early March,”‘he said.

“He explained that represen-

tatives of the Center Will meet.
, with . a Design Committee,

Tcomprised of both selected in-
- stitutional line staff and elect-

ed inmate representatives, to
plan the KSP procedure.
‘,‘The Center representa-
tives.~ come in With a set of
elements or criteria essential

to an effective procedure.


, 7‘ However, ,
-. ‘ designed in such a way that it
The Center has assisted in _

the procedure .is

is individualized for a parti-
cular institution yet based on
uniform standards,” Bradley
explained. '

Following completion of the
procedure . design,

those inmates ~whovwill serve
as-members of the institution-
al grievance committee.

' Center representatives will
then provide training in both
the use of the procedure and in
mediation techniques to those
elected residents and selected
staff who will be directly
involved in the operation of
the procedure.

Bradley. saidvhe expects the
KSP procedure to be imple-
mented in only one unit on a
pilot basis, as was done at the
Reformatory, and later ex-

panded to all sections of the


monthly arts- and- Crafts: .
gram at the institution. She '

. election will be‘held to choose

Louisville Group
Recognizes VOlunteer
For Service At KCIW

The ~ late ' Janet Conner
Vallandingham, who gave.
many hours of her time to help
the residents of the Kentueky
Correctional Institution for
Women at Pewee Valley, was
named 1979 Citizen Laureate
of the Younger Woman’s Club
of Louisville.

Mrs. Vallandingham, who

. died of cancer last October at

the age of 40, began visiting
the KCIW inmates four years
before “her death.

also began organizing a


clothes closet for

Mrs. Vallandingham was
probably best known for her
efforts with regard to the new


chapel at KCIW. She spear-'

headed a drive for donations
for the building from both

church and civic organiza»


The chapel was dedicated
three days after her death.

name toKCIW


Grievance Procedure Will Be Expan : ed
To Include Resndents At

All Institutions

He added that the end of the

one-year grant period; when .

the prOcedure is established in
each of the ten institutions,
Kentucky will be one of the
few states to have a grievance
mechanism at all its institu-

’ tions

The grievance procedure
was first introduced“ into the
Bureau of Corrections when
the program began at Black-
burn in May, 1977.

Under the procedure, in-
mates are guaranteed a Writ-
ten respon'se, outlining the
reasons for the decision, to
any grievance filed. Time lim-
its are set for each step in the
procedure, assuring prompt

Residents filing a grievance

may choose another inmate or

staff member to represent
them at all levels and the Om-
budsman monitors the proce-


Included in the steps of the

grievance procedure ’is the

right to appeal to an indepen-'

dent review body outside the
Bureau of Corrections. How-
'ever, Bradley pointed out that
every effort is made to resolve
the grievances at the insti-

tutional level. f\‘
According.'to Bradley, only

four types of 'actidn .are not
grievable under the proce-
dureé-court decisions, parole
board decisions, adjustment
committee decisions and com-
plaints involving agencies

oCther tthan the ‘Bureau of
ffirgcexplained that the bur-

eau has no control over the

.court system and that the

parole board operates under
their own regulations. “Ad-
justment committee decisions
cannot be appealed through
the procedure,.because there
is already an appeal process
set up for adjustment com:
mittee decisions,” hesaid. ’

According to an article in

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 Page 2--The INTER-PRISON PRESS--January 1979

Parole Board Results. For January 1979

25 82 ' 20 8 4 4 5 1 1 12 8
32:2:2tmoggsgtgnded 96 % 52 070 44 % 88 0/0 100 0/0 80 ‘70 83 ‘70 92 070 71 % 80 %
Cases Deferred 0 58 21 1 0 (15 1 112 42 2
Average Length of Deferment [in month] — ‘ 11 15 9' 3 0 13 0 11 ((3)
' 3" Serve Out Sentence 1 11588 . 445 g 4 5 6 12 17 10
Total Cases Considered _ 26

gloug l’llS go @011th

Education Is

frustrations througha game of
volleyball or enriching yourf

These lonely nights in prison

Are slowly killing me

I want to he in your arms at night
But they won’t set me free.

How long have we been
taugh_t that Abe Lincoln freed
the black slaves? Since the

, . . - If by attending an opera. . . .
Rehabilitation se . time you entered h1gh school, . .
_ ' . . , KCiw :emdents hinge] many you were taught this miscon- x0 crime hbave I comrmtted
h oppor un11es avaia e to ception. Abe Lincoln did not 0 wrong ave Idone -
Throughout t 6 past them. All you have to do is GIVE the slaves their free- But they have me locked in prison


months, I have become inter-
ested in the educational aspect
of rehabilitation. It is not

‘ enough to teach a man or

woman a speciality, an every-
day toil of labor, without also
teaching an understanding of
and respectful feeling for

We must acquire a vivid
sense and knowledge of the
beautiful and what is consid-

reach out. After all,
knowledge is freedom.

Kathy G. Martin

(Editor’s Note: Ms. Martin
invites others to express their
opinions on education and its
role in rehabilitation. You can
write to 'her at KCIW, Box


dom, they fought for it.
Through the black slaves’

incessant struggle to be free, a

broader base for democracy in

For'a crime another done.

Someday I hope that I ’ll be free
_ . And be, my dear, with you
glnelllca “le “Sized-d {he Or will you grow tired of waiting?

ac was no ree y e 1c or _ And ind , i
sentiment but by the persist- f someone new 3
ent action of the slave himself - . .
as a fugitive and soldier. 3 you should fwd “"9””!

Because the Emancipation "4 breah my 1’9“” m “00

I hope I die before I wake

Proclamation said the slave . p
was a free man was he truly ‘ I just can ’t make it without you.


ered “morally acceptable.” 2113. Pewee Valley, Ken- f 9
It' 13 not enough that we are tUCky. 40056.) . I, , ' ree L 1 f f
capable of holding a job upon . Abe “‘00. n set a ormat or ' Reva Walker
- .th , _ ,5. an; must learn to..;_.;::-,.-,~;.,. ‘ , _ 4,3; I_W,freedom__>bynsign1ng the final , KCIW
W WMunZierStand the motives ofw‘r" ,. m a? I: "y“ 8‘11; ‘ ml ._.-.. W..¢-,;;;-~..;.:-....
human beings: We must learn _, Freedom Day, 1863 and in 15mm“
to understand our illusions . “Spec" he legally freed the
' and our sufferings in order to Who Is. Res ponSIble slages l h t t
establish a proper relationship . ' . a “t in mora ‘5 ory, 1 was _
‘ to our fellow man and to the the slave who set himself free. , . ~. ; ..
commUnity in which we hope _ ' American historians have a PR4 YER FOR BROTHER
Both KCIW residents and ' " ' ' »

w. \ _

to function positively.

KCIW offers both cultural ‘

education and college educa-
tion. College courses are
available to residents and

{prions cultural trips are ar-
ranged by the recreation di-

rector, John Watkins.

Mr. Watkins plans the re-
creational schedule to meet all
needs, whether it be releasing

staff members were proud to

have two distinguished speak- _

ers from. Louisville, Dr.
Wright and Reverend Baker,
to speak to us on a‘ Very,

important part of American

history—Black history. ,3
Their speeches opened our

minds to the topic and raised .

several questions.

way of fading aut heritages, of .
not giving credit where it is

I’m sorry, Abe, you’did all
you could do, but the black
man set himself free. If you
were here today, I know you
would agree.

Kathy G. Martin I

Heavenly Father up above '

-“'Please protect the one I love, .
Keep him safe, keep him sound.
No matter when or where he’s found

I Sans'Lake I




the kentucky»'


The KENTUCKY INTER-PRISON PRESS, a monthly publication of

the Kentucky Bureau of Corrections, Frankfort Kentucky, 40601, is

produced by and for residents of the 11 correctional institutions of

the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The views expressed in this i
publication are not necessarily those of the Kentucky Bureau of ‘
Corrections. Reprint permission is hereby granted, provided the

proper credit is given. All correspondence and Forms 3579 should

be directed to the Public Education Services Manager, Bureau of

Corrections, Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601. Second Class postage

rates paid at Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601.

' usrs 011170


' Gay DwYer........‘-...Pvublic EdUcation Services Manager
Larry Lenston.p.....'..........P»hoto8Art Editor I; I
KathyMartin...........KC|‘W ‘ g ’.
Mary'Smith...............KCIWp l

Walter Harris.'...........KSRh
\ Ronald Tipton............KSP‘,











The new warden heading
the maximum- security prison
near “' Eddyville, Dewey
Sowders, has kept a low pro-
file although he has made a
couple of appearances on local
televisiOn. ’

He" made it quite clear that
' he, _“nOt the inmates,” would
be running :the prison; and
that there..wo_uld not be any
major changes forthcoming,

although he plans to give
every 111mate a meaningful
‘ jo_b.’ .-

Since Mr. Sowders arrival,
1, there 15 a noticeable change' in
the inmate population. The
Itensmn has gone away. There
is no longer the hate and
dece1tful ways of the previous







In the short time he has
been here, Mr. Sowders has
been seen talking to inmates,
hearing their gripes, and,
most of all, displaying. an
attitude that‘shows, he wants
to help the inmates. -V

Given the chance, Mr.
sowders will prove that he is
quite capable of running a
prison the way it should be

Only time will prove him to
be the man for the job. We,
the inmates, are pulling for


Ronald Tipton


Kentucky State Penitentiary.



The Daniel Boone Career Development Cent-.

er, located on the banks of the Ohio River in
Boone County, serves as the state’s only

minimum security institution for females. The.
Northern Kentucky facility opened in 1976 and“

has the capacity to house 40 women.

The photos on this page show the Center as
it appears from the road; an outside and inside
view of the housing units and a look at the
dining hall.




 . Page 4--The INTER-PRISON PRESS—January 1979

Prison Industries To Resume
Manufacture Of License Tags

The Kentucky Bureau of
Corrections will once again
assume the responsibility for
the manufacture .of Ken-
tucky’s license plates.

Following testimony be-
fore both the Senate and
House Appropriations and
Revenge Committees, the
legislature, in its 1979 Ex-
traordinary Session, approv-
ed a $435,000 appropriation
for the purchase and install-
ation of equipment necessary
for the manufacture of li-
cense tags by Correctional
Industries. .

In 1975, Industries closed
their ' plate-making opera-
tion. The decision to get out
of the license plate business
was based on the fact that
the existing equipment was
.eitherunusable or needed
extensive repair. ’

At that time, it was felt
that vendors outside Ken-
tucky could meet the state’s
needs. However, during the

past three years," several-

problems have occurred and
the State Department of

According to Commission-
er David Bland. the Depart-
ment of Transportation’s
proposal requires that In-
dustries be in production by

Bland also pointed out that
Industries will begin making
the license decals for the
Department of Transporta-
tion. (In 1977, Kentucky
went to a system of multi-
year license plates which are
renewed each year by a decal
purchased from the county
court clerk.) Equipment pur-
chases and training costs for
the decal operation will be
funded by a $272,750 federal

Bland said both operations
will be located at KSR and
should be in operation by

, late July.

Money from the sale of the
old plate-making equipment
will be used to construct an
additional warehouse at the
Reformatory which will serve
as the distribution center for
both plates and decals to the


Bland said the Industries’
expansion will provide work
for an additional 1007120
inmates A

Transportation requested the
,bureau to resume manufac-
ture of license plates for
Kentucky’s motor vehicles.

KCIW. “Choplo'inette”
By Mary Smith 0 '

The Sunday sermon at the continue expressing her love
chapel took an unusual turn as for 60d-
the regular chaplain, John At various times throughout-
Lentz, stepped aside and the service, Ms. Martin’s ser-
Kathy Martin, a resident, 111011 was highlighted by 501185
gave the sermon. performed by the KCIW choir.’
— Ms. Martin’s sermon, Choir members include Ms.
“Parable of the Sewer,” was Martin, Minnie Johnson,
both brief and 511.1111- _ Grace Evans, Ann Carner,
”We are all the sower of the Betty J. Starks, Nedra Ballard,
seed, be it good or evil,” she Sue Bland, Carol Jarvis, Sylvia
told the group assembled in WOOdICY’ Janice Windoon,
_ the chapel. Anita Patton, Natlie Hardin,
Mr. Lentz said he helped Deanna Allen, Devarex
Ms. Martin prepare for the Palmer, Darla W111°U8thv
service. She was the first Cathy Hutchings and Rosalie
resident to deliver a message MitChe" (P15111151)-
in the chapel, but she said she One Of the male 1351116113,
hopes to have “opened a path Charles Petree, and Ms.
for all residents. ” P3111191 gave a very movmg
“Don tbe ashamed to say 1 benediction as the choir sang,
love God, ” she advised. She “3111186 Over “011111611
also said that she plans to Water "


» Kentucky State Penitentiary..........................................896
Kentucky State Reformatory 1734
Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women 87
Blackburn Correctional Complex 220
Bell County Forestry Camp71
Harlan County Forestry Camp3l
Western Kentucky Farm Center.....................................125
Daniel Boone Career Development Center................r..........29
Roederer Farm Center 147
Frankfort Career Development Center...............................80
Total'Resident Population.................................a,.........3419



The new entry station at KCIW is nearing completion. The new facility, on which construction ‘
was begun last summer, will house visitors’ restrooms and lockers and a strip- search room,in
addition to its function as an entry station.


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