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Ballard County Jail

The Ballard County Detention Center, located in Kentucky, serves as a holding facility for individuals from Ballard County who have been accused of misdemeanor offenses and are unable to post bail or await their court appearances. The detention center accepts inmates arrested by various law enforcement agencies, including the Ballard County Sheriff’s Office deputies, the Wicklife Police Department, and federal agencies.


Process for Sending Mail or Packages

In order to correspond with an inmate, communication can be established through mail or letters. When sending mail to an inmate at the Ballard County Detention Center, it is necessary to address it in the following manner:


Ballard County Detention Center

Full Reserving Name of the Prisoner (Including IDN)
132 Mayolo Avenue, PO Box 545, Wicklife, KY, 42087


It is important to note that all personal mail, both incoming and outgoing, will undergo inspection to ensure that no contraband is being sent.


Money Transfers

To facilitate sending money to an inmate, individuals can utilize the jail ATMs conveniently situated in the lobby of the Ballard County Detention Center.


Designated Hours for Visiting

The establishment maintains consistent opening hours throughout the week. From Monday to Friday, it operates from 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM. On Saturdays and Sundays, it has slightly shorter hours, running from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM.


Ballard County Sheriff Department

Ronnie Giles serves as the Sheriff in the Ballard County Sheriff’s Office, where he holds the position of the chief law enforcement officer. To contact Sheriff Giles, individuals can reach out by dialing 270-335-3561. The Ballard County Sheriff’s Office is located at 437 Ohio Street, Wickliffe, Kentucky, with the zip code 42087.


Overview of Ballard County

Ballard County is a county located in the west portion of the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2020 census, the population was 7,728. Its county seat is Wickliffe and its largest city is LaCenter. The county was created by the Kentucky State Legislature in 1842 and is named for Captain Bland Ballard, a soldier, statesman, and member of the Kentucky General Assembly. Ballard County is part of the Paducah, KY-IL Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Ballard County was formed from portions of Hickman County and McCracken County. It was named for Bland Ballard (1761–1853), a Kentucky pioneer and soldier who served as a scout for General George Rogers Clark during the American Revolutionary War, and later commanded a company during the War of 1812. On February 17, 1880, the courthouse was destroyed by a fire, which also destroyed most of the county’s early records. The county seat was transferred from Blandville to Wickliffe in 1882. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 274 square miles (710 km2), of which 247 square miles (640 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (9.9%) is water.

Axe Lake Swamp State Nature Preserve is a 458 acres (1.85 km2) nature preserve located in Ballard County, in the Barlow Bottoms. The preserve is part of the 3,000-acre (12 km2) Axe Lake Swamp wetlands complex which supports at least eight rare plant and animal species. The site has been recognized as a priority wetland in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. As of the census of 2000, there were 8,286 people, 3,395 households, and 2,413 families residing in the county. The population density was 33 per square mile (13/km2). There were 3,837 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (5.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.32% White, 2.87% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

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Ballard County Jail

132 Mayola Ave.

Wickliffe, KY 42087