30 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 9.16
By Mary Chellis Austin
Photos by Mickie Winters
These inmates have broken out
of their doin'-time boredom —
as dog trainers.
When Joey Johnson got Kenzi, a
setter mix with dark, soulful eyes,
she was skinny and dirty. "She
looked like she'd been sleeping in a ditch,"
he says. "Her fur was brown, ears were back.
She was really scared." Twelve days after
Johnson and Kenzi met, I visit them at the
Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, the
state prison in La Grange where Johnson, 40,
is serving the remaining four years of an 18-
year sentence. Kenzi is groomed but seems
down. "ey took some puppies from her.
She's walking around whining a lot, looking
for them," Johnson says. "She's in her shell
still. I haven't seen her personality yet."