Tuesday, February 3, 2009
According to Lisa Lamb, the spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Corrections, it's expected that the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville and the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex in Fredonia will be without electricity for at least four or five more weeks.
Lamb says emergency generators and kerosene heaters are being brought in to try to help keep the inmates warm. All prisoners in both institutions are on lockdown during the blackout.
According to WLKY, "extra blankets have been shipped from other prisons to the penitentiary and the department is trying to lease more generators for the prison".
I had always kind of assumed that these giant, multi-million dollar prisons had their own personal backup generator system for occasions like this. Guess not.