The Atmore Work Release Center began within Fountain Correctional Facility during 1973 with 10—15 inmates; who were employed in the local timber industry In 1976, the program was moved into a mobile home complex at the current location. During June of 1989, the Center moved into a permanent structure. The structure had a designed capacity for 192 inmates and two double-bunked holding cells and a chapel. Subsequently the capacity has increased to 225 inmates.
The center is located on five acres about seven miles north of Atmore on State Highway 21; sitting about one mile off the highway. The Center provides work release inmates to wide spread employers in Baldwin, Escambia and Monroeville counties. The facility also provides free inmate labor for the city of Atmore, Frisco City, Jefferson Davis Community College, and Conecuh County on a daily basis.