Airway Heights Corrections Center
P.O. Box 1899
Airway Heights, WA 99001
Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) is located approximately ten miles west of Spokane. It houses 2,258 medium and long term minimum custody male inmates. Class II operations at AHCC are as follows:
The food factory produces baked goods, packages frozen vegetables, and assembles frozen meals, tray lunches and breakfast sandwiches which are sold to the Department of Corrections, senior nutrition programs, school lunch programs, and city and county jails. They average 18,500 cases of bakery items per month such as loaves of bread, rolls, pastries, cookies, English muffins and biscuits, and hamburger and hot dog buns. The factory ships approximately 35,000 cases total product a month. Inmate workers can earn Certificates of Proficiency for machine operater, clerk and or labor by handling, packaging, operating or tending machines that prepare food products, and cleaning work area equipment. All inmates and staff are trained in food handling and safety programs. The food factory production operates 24 hours a day, five days a week. It is divided into four departments and employs 14 civilian staff overseeing 300 inmates.
CI Food Service vertically integrates with CI's food factory production by serving CI produced foods accompanied by non-CI produced products. The centralization of purchasing and use of a statewide standard 4-week cycle menu has stabilized facility food service budgets. The 4-week cycle menu provides for nationally recommended allowances for basic nutrition, which are reviewed annually. In addition to serving daily meals, CI Food Service also utilizes idle time to repackage powdered milk, resulting in annual savings and additional training opportunities. While working for CI Food Service, inmate workers receive a full scope of food service skills and have the ability to earn ServSafe® food manager certification, a nationally recognized food safety certification. CI Food Service operates two shifts, seven days per week and employs 23 staff overseeing 170 inmate workers.
The optical lab processes 500 to 1,000 pairs of eye glasses a day which equates to approximately 187,500 pairs a year. Inmate workers are trained in all phases of manufacturing, from learning what type and style of lens to use, to grinding the proper curves, cutting the lens to fit the frame, mounting the lens in the frame and final inspection. After inmates complete the two-year Optical Tech Program, they receive a Certificate of Completion. They can also earn Certificates of Proficiency as ophthalmic laboratory technicians. CI optical employs five civilian staff overseeing 75 inmates, as well as five civilian customer care staff.
The textile operation manufactures a variety of textiles and custom re-upholstery related items. CI supplies the Department of Corrections with inmate clothing and property bags. Under state contract, CI provides the Department of Transportation with ANSI Certified High Visibility Safety Garments. Annual production exceeded 4,000 units for Fiscal Year 2012. Inmate workers learn valuable skills as sewers, sewing machine mechanics, upholsterers, wood workers and quality control specialists, and can earn Certificates of Proficiency in these areas. Textile operations employ two civilian staff overseeing 50 inmates.
The warehouse is a range of services that includes transportation services, shipping and receiving, stocking shelves, picking customer orders and inventory management for all the local shops. Inmates are able to earn Certificates of Proficiency in data entry which includes compiling reports and material handling. Day-to-day work varies but often includes operating fork lifts and pallet jacks to load and unload trailers. They load and unload on average 17 trailers per day. Inmate material handlers who meet specific criteria can be certified as a Forklift Operator by staff certified instructors. This area employs 16 civilian staff overseeing up to 32 inmates depending on business needs.
The commissary processes 600 to 1,100 orders a day. Inmate workers process, pick, package and ship inmate commissary orders for distribution to AHCC, WSP, CRCC, LCC and CCCC. They can earn Certificates of Proficiency as stock clerks, order fillers, material handlers and porters. Inmates meeting specific criteria can be certified as a Forklift Operator by State certified instructors. The commissary employs seven civilian staff overseeing 24 inmates.
The laundry processes on average 7,208 pounds of linen and clothing a day which equates to 1,672,346 pounds a year. Inmate workers can earn Certificates of Proficiency in various laundry skills. Inmates meeting specific criteria can be certified by the Association of Linen Management as Certified Washroom Technicians and/or Certified Laundry Managers. The laundry employs three civilian staff overseeing 25 inmates.
The business office provides services that include site accounting, customer service, purchasing, sales and marketing, inventory management and site strategic planning for all the local shops. Inmate workers provide date entry in financial, customer care, purchasing, accounts payable and receivable, as well as inventory assistance. Inmates are able to earn Certificates of Proficiency in office, administration, records keeping along with other various skills. The Business office employs nine staff and oversees 12 inmates.