Tobacco-Free Prisons

Court Turns Away Challenge To Tobacco-Free Prison

Jul 12, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky's prisons can remain tobacco-free because the head of the state Department of Corrections has the authority to ban cigarettes and smokeless tobacco from the facilities, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

A three-judge panel concluded that a 1952 law grants the Corrections Commissioner the authority to restrict an inmate's smoking privileges for disciplinary purposes. That law, along with a 1992 statute, grant the Corrections Department all the authority it needs, Judge Glenn Acree wrote.