Kilby Correctional Facility - History

History

In 1922 and 1923, the State of Alabama constructed and opened Kilby Prison, located on 2,550 acres (10.3 km2) four miles (6 km) north of the State Capitol. Named in honor of Thomas Erby Kilby, (1865–43) Governor of Alabama, (1919–23). "Yellow Mama", the electric chair was located at Kilby Prison. Deterioration after forty-five years led to the prison closing in 1969. The prisoners were moved to the new Holman Correctional Facility.

The new Kilby was established as the Mt. Meigs Medical and Diagnostic Center in December 1969 and had an original capacity of 440 inmates. Kilby was designed with an on-site hospital, dormitories, and one hundred two-man cells in order to facilitate its role as receiving center for all male prisoners held by the state of Alabama.

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