© 2023 Louisville Public Media

Public Files:
89.3 WFPL · 90.5 WUOL-FM · 91.9 WFPK

For assistance accessing our public files, please contact info@lpm.org or call 502-814-6500
89.3 WFPL News | 90.5 WUOL Classical 91.9 WFPK Music | KyCIR Investigations
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Kentucky Improves Website to Look Up Prison Inmates


The Kentucky Department of Corrections has enhanced the website where people can look up the status of inmates in the state's prison system. It's providing a lot more details.The old website gave basic information (which I was familiar with in my former life covering public safety)—the basics like the offense for which an inmate was serving, the length of the sentence and a photo (maybe). Now, the website—called the Kentucky Offender Online Lookup system, or KOOL—also features the amount of time the inmate is expected to serve, the "good time" release date and "the historic percentage of time served for similar offenders."You can check it out here.It also now includes offenders who are under probation or parole supervision, a state news release says.Also: Newly-added functions allow users to look up statistics on a particular felony offense to see the average time served for that offense, the approximate cost to incarcerate for that offense and the cost of alternatives to incarceration. There is also a function that allows users to determine the likelihood that the offender will be re-incarcerated.The updated website stems from criminal justice reform legislation that the Kentucky General Assembly approved in 2011.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.