Class I Pie
Training For Reentry
As a Division of the Washington State Department of Corrections, Correctional Industries (CI) provides work training opportunities to inmates. CI training programs enhance prison safety by reducing idleness and increase public safety by providing inmates with much needed job skills. The goal is simple, prepare inmates for successful reentry and post-release employment through on-the-job and essential skills training.
What is Class I Pie?
CI is certified by the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to administer Prison Industry Enhancement (PIE) Certification Programs, which provide exemptions from interstate commerce restrictions of prisoner-made goods. The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 72.09.100 defines PIE programs as Class I: Free Venture Industries.
Simply put, Class I operations are an opportunity for private businesses to partner with CI in the production of goods and services for sale to both the public and private sector.
Whether your business is seeking growth opportunities or looking to bring back offshore manufacturing, a Class I partnership may be the workforce solution you need. As a Class I partner, your business will benefit from a skilled and dependable workforce while maintaining the high level of quality your customers expect. CI’s skilled workforce can provide manufacturing support in any one of our existing trades or we can adapt production to meet your specific business demand.
Choose to operate your business under one of our two program models. "The Employer Model" is operated and managed in total or in part by any profit or nonprofit organization in accordance with an agreement between the organization and Correctional Industries. "The Customer Model" is operated and managed by Correctional Industries and provides the partner organization with products or services.
When you partner with CI, not only does your business receive a valuable product or service, you are also helping to reduce recidivism. When inmates release from prison as well-trained and employment ready individuals they have a higher chance of successful reentry within their community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Correctional Industries provides inmates with relevant job training opportunities and a diverse set of work development experiences. From classroom training to on-the-job training, they learn skills ranging from basic social skills to highly technical computer skills.
In addition to learning technical skills, inmates are expected to successfully complete a 20-hour cognitive behavioral training. Focused on workplace behaviors and expectations, inmates learn how to deal with change, self-control, choices and consequences, and dealing with criticism. These skills help ensure success while they are working for Correctional Industries, as well as in their transition into the community.
- Food packaging
- Paint and powder coating
- Sewing machine operation
- Positive attitude
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
- Good communication
- Accept criticism
- Work ethic
Benefits go beyond the skills inmates learn and the products and services provided. Your Class I partnership also offers economic benefits to the public. While working for Class I operations, inmates earn at least minimum wage. Not only do inmates pay state and federal taxes, they also contribute to a crime victims fund, cost of incarceration, child support, and mandatory savings account.
- 20% Cost of incarceration
- 5% Crime victims compensation
- 10% Mandatory savings
- 15% Child support
- 15% Civil judgement
- 20% Legal financial obligations