Number of prisoners: 973
Location: Montgomery, Ala.
The federal prison camp in Montgomery, Ala., is on Maxwell Air Force Base. While inmates can enjoy the music room, pool tables, and a craft room, Ellis says the best perk is the opportunity to work outside the prison camp. Inmates are employed as gardeners and landscapers on the military base. In fact, one of his clients once was a landscaper for the general’s house.
“The general’s wife would invite him in in the afternoon for lemonade and cookies,” Ellis said.
Prisoners can also take correspondence courses in business, psychology, art, music, and foreign language offered by Troy State University.