Little Sandy Correctional Complex

Little Sandy Correctional Complex is a medium-security state prison for male inmates located in Elliott County, Kentucky. It is the state's newest and most technologically advanced institution. 

Construction on Little Sandy Correctional Complex began in December 2001 with the ground breaking ceremony, and began receiving its first female inmates in May 2005. Male inmates began arriving on July 15, 2005 and by September 2005, all female inmates were transferred.

A total of 1010 inmates are currently housed in two living units at Little Sandy Correctional Complex. The housing also includes a 100-bed minimum security unit and a 90-bed special management unit. There are numerous support buildings including academic and vocational schools, a medical unit, inmate canteen, correctional industries, a gym, dining facility, and maintenance area.

It is the mission of the Little Sandy Correctional Complex to protect society by confining offenders in a controlled environment that is safe, humane, and secure. Also to provide self-improvement opportunities that assist inmates in becoming productive citizens through education, correctional programs, and work.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours for the general population at Little Sandy Correctional Complex are on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m to 3:15 p.m.

Non-contact visits are on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

General Rules

Before you can visit an inmate at Little Sandy Correctional Complex, you must first get on their approved visiting list. The inmate must send you an application, and you have to fill it out and send it back to the institution. The process takes approximately one month.

  • Visits are for a two-hour period, however depending on the number of visitors this time may be extended and applies to contact visits only.
  • Visitors must be on the Inmates Visiting list, or they will not be permitted to visit.
  • Children must have at least two forms of I.D. (birth certificate, SS. Card, etc.)
  • Adults (18 and older) must have a photo I.D. Children (17 and younger) photo I.D’s are recommended.
  • If a minor is accompanied by a non-parent or guardian, they are required to have written consent, signed and notarized.
  • Inmates may not receive a visit during their first weekend at LSCC.
  • There will be NO MOVEMENT allowed during count time.  Everyone must remain seated when count time is announced.
  • No more than two adult visitors can visit an inmate during a controlled, non-contact visit.
  • No more than three adult visitors can visit an inmate during a contact visit.
  • Physical contact within the bounds of appropriate good taste is permitted at the beginning and the end of each visit. (One brief kiss and hug.  NO open mouth kissing).
  • No holding hands, or any other type of touching during the visit.
  • Sexual stimulation or activity is strictly prohibited.
  • Infants (0-1) may be held by the inmate. All other children must be seated or held by the visitor.
  • Infants under the age of six months may visit unlimited times without a social security number, provided the person bringing them meets all the guidelines to visit.
  • You must sit in an upright position during the entire visit and no lying down of heads on tables. (No slouching).
  • You must keep tables clean of all trash and trash must be placed in the appropriate containers.
  • Smoking or use of other tobacco products is not allowed.
  • Playing board games or card games is not permitted during visits.
  • For infants:  Only a receiving blanket in reasonable size is permitted. All other blankets are prohibited.

Dress Code

Visitor clothing and dress must conform as close as possible to accepted dress within the community. Clothing must be in good taste and appropriate as to not offend other visitors and inmates. 

  • No spandex clothing, this includes pants and tops.
  • No tank tops or tube tops
  • Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be at least knee length.
  • No sleeveless shirts.  No see-through or revealing.
  • Shirts must be capable of being tucked into jeans, slacks, or skirts.
  • No low-cut provocative clothing will be allowed, i.e, tight fitting pants, low-cut shirts, fishnet clothing, and no cleavage can be visible.
  • Appropriate undergarments must be worn. i.e., bra, underwear, slip worn with dress or skirt.
  • Headwear is not allowed, an exception can be made for religious head-wear.
  • Visitors must wear shoes and ALL shoes must be fully enclosed on all sides.  No flip-flops, or sandals.  
  • Gloves are not allowed.
  • No coats, jackets, or hooded sweatshirts allowed in visiting room.
  • Visitors inappropriately dressed WILL NOT be allowed to visit that day.

What can you bring to a visit?

  • Up to $40.00 limit in $1.00 dollar bills and silver change per inmate being visited.
  • Vehicle keys:  One ignition, One door, and no key chain.
  • Clear container for money (plastic baggie, coin purse)
  • Essential infant items (one-clear plastic bottle, three diapers), no toys and glass jars.
  • Visitors may wear one watch, one ring, and one pair of earrings. 

Items not allowed in the visiting room must be placed in lockers. Staff will dispose of any items left at the institution.

Physical Address

Little Sandy Correctional Complex
505 Prison Connector
Sandy Hook, Kentucky 41171

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Little Sandy Correctional Complex
Route 5 Box 1000
Sandy Hook, Ky 41171

All incoming mail must be sent via the US Postal Service and is subject to be inspected or read to determine if contraband is enclosed or any rule violation has occurred.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex, but they do have access to a phone during assigned times and are allowed to make monitored outgoing calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Kentucky, please click here.

How to Send Money

With JPay, you can send money to KYDOC inmates, and next-day deposits are as low as $2.75.

  • Online at to send money in minutes with your credit or debit card.
  • JPay Mobile App allows you to send money anytime, anywhere by downloading the free app for iPhone or Android.
  • Call 800-574-5729 to speak with a live JPay agent, 24/7.
  • Send cash with MoneyGram at walk-in locations, including CVS and Walmart (receive code 1232).

​Programs For ​Inmates

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

A weekly meeting using a 12-step program as outlined in the Alcoholics Anonymous big book to help those whose lives have become powerless due to alcoholism. Participants in the program discuss the 12 steps and 12 traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous following a traditional format. Alcoholics Anonymous deals with alcoholism using open communication, videos aimed toward survival with alcohol, and guest speakers.

Requirements for admission to the Alcoholics Anonymous program include being recommended through the Classification Committee, Parole Board, Court/Judge, or through self-admission . The program lasts 90 days.

Cage Your Rage

Cage Your Rage is an eight-week anger management course. This class is designed to identify the causes of anger and how to manage those situations. This class also examines the relationship between upbringing and current anger issues as well as the difference between anger and aggression. Reading assignments, writing assignments, group discussion, and videos are utilized during the class to assist inmates in identifying their own problems with anger and how best to solve those problems.

Canine Program

The Little Sandy Correctional Complex Dog Program places homeless shelter dogs with carefully selected inmate handlers/trainers to be trained in obedience and socialization. This is an intensive six to eight week program and upon graduation theses dogs are highly adoptable and possess obedience skills such as sit, lay down, come when called, and some tricks. 

These dogs are also house-trained, crate-trained, leash-trained, and respond to voice and hand commands. The dogs arrive spayed or neutered, have been checked for all injury and illness, and vaccinated. While here, they receive the greatest measure of care, love, and instruction, and leave ready to be adopted into a loving family to provide many years of love, joy, and companionship.

Domestic Violence

Understanding is the key to breaking the cycle of domestic violence. Domestic Violence is an eight-week program that is geared to helping domestic violent offenders learn how to stop using violence in controlling their relationships. They will discover that destructive behaviors are connected to a pattern of thoughts, beliefs, and feelings. Learning to understand each of these along with awareness of body responses, provides a valuable early warning. With reading assignments, writing assignments, group discussion, and videos participants will earn many effective alternatives and practical skills, which will give them the power to make new choices and create a different life.

Life Without a Crutch

This program uses classroom participation, books, and homework assignments to get the inmates to be open and honest with themselves and others about their addictive behaviors. They learn to view their situation and actions through the eyes of their family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. This helps them to understand the hurt and pain of those around them when they indulge into their addictive behaviors and take time away from their relationships with church, family, work, and children. They will learn about the twelve-step program, where they can go to for help and counseling. The difference between the types of programs on the streets for people with addictions and what best suits them for results. They also learn how to gauge themselves on their progress.

Pulling Punches

This program deals with anger management using a workbook and three videos. The videos include dramatized scenarios to stimulate discussions and demonstrate anger management techniques. The workbook contains worksheets to help offenders examine their own anger issues. Offenders can determine where their anger problem may have originated, how it is manifested, and ways to manage it. This program is approximately six weeks in length.

Social Skills for Survival

Social Skills for Survival is a six to eight-week group based on a cognitive-behavioral treatment curriculum designed to help inmates learn how to have healthier relationships. The program uses a workbook, videos, and discussion to assist inmates with learning how to identify destructive thinking patterns and behaviors, manage their anger, and understand the impact their behaviors have on others.

Thinking For A Change

This program helps an inmate examine their attitudes, beliefs, and thinking patterns. There are twenty-two lessons or segments to this program. It is divided into six steps, three cognitive self-change steps, and three social skills steps.

The three cognitive self-change steps begin by defining what social skills are. It begins by teaching one of the five steps of active listening, asking questions, and giving feedback to help one to recognize the kind of thinking that heads one into trouble and helps one to find new ways of thinking. A way of new thinking can reduce the risk of doing something hurtful or criminal.

The three social skills involve knowing your feelings, responding to the feelings of others, and preparing for a stressful conversation, followed by the five steps of responding to anger to teach one how to avoid violence and destructive conflict. The next segment deals with learning to deal with accusations, and not use them as justification for future irresponsible behavior. 

Responsible Thinking

In this program, inmates will explore the psychological "errors in thinking" that bring individuals back to prison repeatedly. The program utilizes learning resources such as the Dr. Stanton Samenow's "Commitment to Change" video tape series as well as the documentary series "One Year in a Life of Crime" and movies produced by such notable individuals as Charles "Rock" Dutton. Inmates are taught to look at the thinking errors that brought them to their present circumstances and how they can work toward change. The summary includes realistic and practical ways to change our thinking.

In 2 Work

This program is taught by the Aramark Food Service Administrator. It is designed to provide hands-on training that consists of three phases: kitchen basics, retail basics, and certification. This program takes twenty to twenty-two weeks to complete. All graduates receive a food service certificate of training that is highly regarded in the food service industry.

Substance Abuse Program

The Substance Abuse Program (SAP) is a core incentive program that consists of, at a minimum, a six-month residential program maintained at NTC and other approved DOC facilities. The program uses nationally recognized models for the population including components such as psycho-education about chemical dependency, 12-step model to manage chemical dependency, relapse prevention strategies, cognitive strategies to correct criminal thinking and aftercare programming.


The LSCC Carpentry program follows the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) curriculum. The program offers a hands on learning approach while learning the basics of residential and commercial carpentry. The program is a minimum of 10 months and eligible inmates can earn 90 days Educational Good Time once completed.

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a systematic, cognitive-behavioral, step-by-step treatment strategy designed to enhance self-image, promote growth of a positive, productive identity, and facilitate the development of higher stages or moral reasoning. 


This program helps the inmates reevaluate their self-image by examining the basic building blocks. The Pathfinders curriculum is made up of activities that the class completes in a group setting. The program works with 9 sections: Team Building, Communication, Stress Management, Anger Management, Problem Solving, Values, Motivation, Time Management, and Life Planning.

Corrective Action Program

This program focuses on how the "con game" may be at the core of an individual's faulty beliefs and behaviors. It guides individuals toward self-responsibility and positive life change. 

Financial Peace

This program explains the basic steps to financial success and happiness, saving, investing, giving, credit card debt, interest fees and proper attitude toward money. This program is offered to the general inmates and in the Minimum Security Unit. This program runs for approximately eight weeks. This is conducted by Central Baptist Church in Winchester, Kentucky.

Adult Education Program

The Adult Education Program is for individuals who do not possess a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED). This program is a Good Time Eligible program that consists of three levels of instruction: Literacy, Adult Basic Education (ABE), and General Educational Development (GED). English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered in conjunction with the GED programming.

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is an eight-week course where individuals can earn an NCRC by successfully taking three WorkKeys assessments: Applied Mathematics, Location Information, and Reading for Information. WorkKeys assessments measure "real world" skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Test questions are based on the situations in the everyday work world. The certificate recognizes the student's achievements in these three skill areas and is also a requirement for enrollment into our Occupational/Technical programs. The NCRC consists of three separate levels of achievementㅡPlatinum, Gold, and Silverㅡwith each level having a monetary incentive award attached.

C-Tech Network Cabling

C-Tech is a six-month Good-Time eligible program consisting of three separate curriculum components: Intro to Telecommunications, Copper Based Cabling, and Fiber Based Cabling. Certificates are awarded upon successful completion of each component with a diploma earned upon successful completion of all three components. A student must have a minimum of nine months to a year to the Parole Board, or Serve-Out; six months clear conduct, must provide proof of a GED or High School Diploma, and must possess a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCFC) to be eligible for this program.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is a six month Good-Time eligible program consisting of six testing components and four certificates. The four certificates awarded are: IC3, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Excel. A student must be within one year to Parole Board, or Serve-Out, have six months clear conduct, must provide proof of a GED or High School Diploma, and must possess a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) to be eligible for this program.

Construction Management

Construction Management is a six-month Good-Time eligible program. This program uses the National Center for Construction Education and Research curriculum such as: Core Curriculum, OSHA 10 hour certification, Soft Skills, and Project Supervision. A student must be within six to 36 months to Parole Board, or Serve-Out; have six months clear conduct, must provide proof of a GED or High School Diploma, must possess a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), score a 10.0 on the TABE test and have a passing score of 70% for successful completion of the Construction Management Program.

Horticulture Program

Horticulture is a ten month Good-Time eligible program based on the curriculum of the National Occupational Career Testing Institute (NOCTI). The program is divided into two portions: Horticulture-Landscaping and Workplace Readiness. The program also offers the Master Gardener Certification from the University of Kentucky. A student must be within 24 months to Parole Board, or Serve-Out, have six months clear conduct, must provide proof of a GED or High School Diploma, must possess a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and score a 9.0 on the TABE test to be eligible for this program.

Small Engine Repair Program

Small Engine Repair is a ten month Good-Time eligible program based on the curriculum of the National Occupational Career Testing Institute (NOCTI). Students will receive a Small Engine Technology Certificate from NOCTI after successful completion of the program. A student must be within 30 months to Parole Board, or Serve-Out, have six months clear conduct, must provide proof of a GED or High School Diploma, must possess a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and score a 10.0 on the TABE test to be eligible for this program.

General Education College Program

This credit-based program is offered through Morehead State University and leads to either an Associate in Arts (AA) or an Associate in Science (AAS) degree depending upon the student's chosen area of concentration. Courses are offered on a traditional fall and spring semester basis. Students are expected to attend class one evening per week for 16 weeks. Credits will be transferable to any college or university in the U.S. A student must have and maintain clear conduct, provide proof of GED or High School Diploma, and be required to sign a voucher during registration for tuition of $35 that will be frozen and taken from the inmate’s account.

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