In a press release issued on July 1, 2013, the Kentucky Department of Corrections announced the launching of a new and improved version of the Kentucky Offender Online Lookup system, known as KOOL. These improvements are the result of criminal justice reform legislation (House Bill 463) that the Kentucky General Assembly approved in 2011.
The old website provided basic information such as the names of inmates, conviction information, sentence lengths, photos, and parole eligibility dates. The new and enhanced version provides a lot more detail and includes information on the expected time to serve, “good-time” release date, maximum expiration of sentence date and the historic percentage of time served for similar offenders, as well as all of the previous data. The new system has also been expanded to include offenders who are under the supervision of the Division of Probation and Parole.
New functions have been added to the KOOL system that allow users to look up statistics on a particular offense such as the average time served for the offense, the approximate cost to incarcerate and the cost of alternatives to incarceration. There is even a feature that allows users to determine the likelihood that the offender will be re-incarcerated. The new system also features a greatly expanded search function. The advanced search now includes categories such as supervision status, county of supervision, release date, current location and current escapees or absconders.
A direct link to VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) has also been added to KOOL allowing the public to register for notifications on when an offender is released, escapes, or has an upcoming parole hearing. This system also includes data from county jails, mental health facilities and juvenile detention centers.
Access to the new and enhanced KOOL system, along with county jail inmate records, as well as contact information for regional jails, county sheriffs, and municipal police departments can be found at the Kentucky Jail and Inmate Records Directory. In addition to inmate records, the Free Public Records Directory provides links and resources to many other types of public records such as arrest warrants and wanted persons reports, registered sex offenders, crime reports and data, laws and codes, property tax records, foreclosure listings, and more. You can search for information by record type, state, county, municipality, or zip code.