Red Eagle Honor Farm operates as a minimum-security facility under the ADOC. The original institution was known as Number Four Honor Camp, and was part of the old Kilby Complex. The camp is north and approximately three miles from Montgomery city limits off the Lower Wetumpka Road. The camp consists of approximately 364 acres. Prior to 2008 the camp consisted of approximately 2500 acres in which a little over 2100 acres was sold at auction.
The institution was closed for many years and reopened in 1972 as a Work Release Center and a farming operation. In 1975 and 1976 the institution was remodeled to house 104 inmates. In March 1976, the Work Release was moved to new facilities. Today, two dormitories and one doublewide manufactured home house 340 minimum-security inmates.
In June 1976, with the approval of the Chief and Council of the Creek Indian Nation, the name of the institution was changed to Red Eagle Honor Farm. Red Eagle was the Indian name given to William Weatherford, a noted Indian Leader. Weatherford was born on a site of the Alabama River near Coosada. His birthplace was very likely on Red Eagle Honor Farm property.
The purpose of the camp is to provide suitable surroundings, work programs, and staff to assist male inmates to reintegrate into society. The staff at the camp strives to be one of the best qualified of any institution in the state.
A part-time Chaplain supervises religious programs. Volunteer groups are also involved. The camp has a chapel.
The work programs include the daily tasks needed to keep the institution clean and in operation. Red Eagle is primarily a work center operation. The inmates are currently assigned to state, city, county, and federal agencies in the Montgomery area.
Red Eagle Honor Farm’s name was changed by Commissioner Richard Allen in November 2008 to Red Eagle Work Center.
The participating inmates perform various duties for the different agencies, thus saving the taxpayers many valuable dollars. Red Eagle provides Correctional Industries inmates to construct or remodel buildings for the various state and county agencies.
The facility’s property contains numerous archeological artifacts from an early Creek meeting ground. In 1976, the Chief and Council of the Creek Indian Nation gave approval to the Department to use Red Eagle’s name for the facility.