New prison opens, brings 270 new jobs

WHEELWRIGHT, Ky. — An early Christmas present came to the city of Wheelwright today, as Gov. Andy Beshear announced the opening of Southeast State Correctional Complex.

The prison is in the old Otter Creek Correctional Center, which was a private prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America.

The 621-bed prison will house medium-security male inmates and provide jobs for 270 people.

“With the opening of Southeast State Correctional Complex, we have created over 270 new jobs in Floyd County,” said Gov. Beshear. “These new jobs are vital right now to a community that has faced many hardships during the national pandemic. I give you my pledge when I say that we are committed to safely and effectively running this state prison, and following all CDC recommendations for correctional facilities in order to keep our inmates and staff as safe as possible.”

“On behalf of myself, the Floyd County Fiscal Court and the residents of Floyd County, I would like to thank Governor Beshear for the recent reopening of Southeast State Correctional Complex,” said Floyd County Judge-Executive Robbie Williams. “The newly created jobs will be a great addition to Floyd County and as always we appreciate Governor Beshear’s support.”