The Mt. Meigs Complex is located on 780 acres adjacent to Interstate 85 North approximately fifteen miles east of downtown Montgomery. The facility, previously known as the “Alabama Boys Industrial School”, was acquired in 1911 by the State of Alabama. The property includes a juvenile correctional facility for 264 adjudicated males and the central offices for the Department of Youth Services administrative and support divisions.
Students attend the Wallace School and are given the opportunity to receive educational services and vocational training in a variety of trade areas including Welding, Auto Mechanics, Horticulture, and Janitorial Service.GED studies and Distance Learning also are available through the academic program. Other services include access to medical, psychological, case management and other basic services important to positive youth development. In addition, the complex has expanded its services to include the Chemical Addiction Program (CAP) and the Accountability Based Sex Offender Program (ABSOP).
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Alabama partners with the Mt. Meigs Complex to operate the Mt. Meigs Boys and Girls Club, which serves as an Independent Living Center for long term students and an incentive for students with positive behavior. The positive environment and psycho-educational curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop and improve pro-social skills as they engage in educational and recreational activities. Using recognized Boys and Girls Club curriculum and curriculum developed by the Mt. Meigs Case Management staff, the ILC program addresses character, money management, legal issues, goal setting, careers, civics and rights, and manhood.