Elmore Correctional Facility originated as a temporary institution in 1981 using modular units for dormitories and a permanently constructed dining hall. During July 1991, three dormitories were constructed with a capacity for 300 inmates each. Additionally, a new kitchen has been added to the dining hall, and the old kitchen renovated into an administrative area. Elmore also has a laundry operation, a visiting area, a law library, substance abuse treatment area, and has a chapel currently under construction. The inmates have opportunity to participate in numerous religious, recreational, educational and self-help programs at Elmore. The facility is located just north of Montgomery in Elmore.
Elmore is the recycling headquarters for the Department, and also maintains compost for the local area. Inmates classified as minimum-in custody are required to work upon the institution’s property while under the supervision of Department employees; whereas minimum-out inmates may work off the property under free world supervision. Inmates employed on renovation crews of the Alabama Correctional Industries are housed at their work sites until weekends and holidays when they are returned to the institution.