Host Agency: LMDC
The Host Agency for AJA's 38th Annual Conference & Jail Expo is the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.
The Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC) is committed to enhancing public safety by controlling and managing offenders in a safe, humane, and cost-efficient manner consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional standards. Our goal is to assess offenders’ needs and provide services that can assist them in their transition and reintegration back into the community.
With an annual budget of more than $62 million, LMDC operates the largest jail in the State of Kentucky. Comprised of three facilities located in downtown Louisville, the Main Jail and the Hall of Justice are combined into the Main Jail Complex, and the third facility is a minimum security, work-release facility known as Community Corrections Center (CCC).
LMDC has a capacity of 1,793 fixed beds with an average daily population of 2,200 inmates at any given time. LMDC also operates the Home Incarceration Program (HIP), and oversees the Day Reporting Center (DRC), as alternative sentencing options for those individuals deemed eligible by the sentencing court. LMDC is accredited by the American Correctional Association under the CORE Jail Standards, as well as the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and is Prison Rape Elimination Act Compliant certified.
The jail employs 600 staff members, with 474 budgeted sworn corrections officers. LMDC also operates specialty units that require additional certification and training, including a Special Operations Response Team, a Crisis Intervention Team, an internal Professional Standards Unit, and an Honor Guard. LMDC utilizes progressive approaches and cutting-edge technology to achieve advancements that improve inmate safety, as well as modernize and enhance staff efficiency.
LMDC, under the leadership of Director Mark Bolton, is committed to reducing recidivism while assisting men and women in recovery, including individuals who suffer from mental illness, chronic homelessness, and an overall lack of support in the community. Hence, LMDC has established a number of programs to assist individuals with these challenges, including a residential substance-abuse rehabilitation program known as Enough Is Enough, as well as discharge planning programs such as Familiar Faces Action & Community Treatment (F2ACT), and Pathway Advocacy and Alliances for Community Treatment (PA2CT), which create community pathways to address reentry challenges and prepare individuals for discharge, as well as medically-assisted treatment for those who qualify. To make these programs successful, LMDC collaborates with many community providers that have extended their services to offer immediate assistance to inmates who are exiting LMDC custody and are seeking treatment and housing.