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Fayette County Jail

150 N Limestone # 265
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 252-1771

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Life On The Inside
If you should find yourself serving out a sentence in the Fayette County Jail there's a strong chance you're going to also find yourself put to work cleaning up the county. Back in 2005, the Sheriff's office started an inmate labor program.

This is not about making license plates or building furniture. Instead, work crews are dispatched from the jail to provide major clean up for vandalized property. This has meant the removal of over 4,000 graffiti "artwork" from schools, churches and other buildings. It's a safe bet that some of the actual taggers found themselves painting over their creations. The inmates also pitched in for loading emergency supplies for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Layout of the Fayette County Jail
Back in the jail, most inmates are housed in open units that have 12 beds per room and 8 rooms per unit. For those inmates who have caused more problems there are isolation cells provided for them to have an extended "time out."

To keep busy between work sessions, the inmates have access to board games, cards and a television where majority rules when it comes to picking a program. As for the meals, the Mexican night was given high marks while being "sandwiched to death" was not very appetizing. There is a canteen available for inmates to purchase other snacks or sodas.

Good Behavior Policy
The good behavior policy in Kentucky provides for 3 months being taken off each year of a sentence. For sentences less than a year, the time is calculated accordingly. Any inmate who was convicted of a violent offense will have to serve out at least 85% of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Visitor and Phone Policy
Inmates are granted visiting privileges throughout the week. They will have to list the visitors they want to schedule an appointment with. The visiting environment is the typical jail house situation of a glass partition with speaking holes in the glass like you would find in a bank. This doesn't make for the best situation as you often have to talk very loudly to be heard.

For phone calls, inmates are allowed to use the phones in their units provided that everyone has cleaned up their cells and has stayed out of trouble. The connection cost for each collect call is $2.

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