About CI

  • About Us

  • DOC Leadership

  • Classes of Operation

  • Enabling Legislation

  • Sustainability

Our Core Values

About Us

Correctional Industries (CI) is a unique blend of business and government, using private industry tools and techniques to provide a public service. Operations within the state correctional facilities are supported by sales to state agencies, county and local governments, and not-for-profit organizations. Thousands of inmates gain work experience and training as they produce high quality, competitively priced products, which translates into enormous benefits for taxpayers, the inmates who work and learn in CI, and for you, our customers.

You can become part of this positive process by purchasing from Correctional Industries and provide inmates with a chance to change their lives forever. Contact customer service or find your Account Executive to get started.

Mission Statement

Correctional Industries is committed to maintain and expand work training programs which develop marketable job skills, instill and promote positive work ethics, and reduce the tax burden of corrections.

Vision Statement

Transform lives and increase successful reentry through training and mentoring.


Return on Investment

Correctional Industries in prison ranks 7th out of 45 reentry programs for benefit to cost ratio, but ranks #2 behind post-secondary education for programs not specifically targeting drug treatment/sentences or intensive management. (see report)

  • Our Core Values

    About Us

    Correctional Industries (CI) is a unique blend of business and government, using private industry tools and techniques to provide a public service. Operations within the state correctional facilities are supported by sales to state agencies, county and local governments, and not-for-profit organizations. Thousands of inmates gain work experience and training as they produce high quality, competitively priced products, which translates into enormous benefits for taxpayers, the inmates who work and learn in CI, and for you, our customers.

    You can become part of this positive process by purchasing from Correctional Industries and provide inmates with a chance to change their lives forever. Contact customer service or find your Account Executive to get started.

    Mission Statement

    Correctional Industries is committed to maintain and expand work training programs which develop marketable job skills, instill and promote positive work ethics, and reduce the tax burden of corrections.

    Vision Statement

    Transform lives and increase successful reentry through training and mentoring.


    Return on Investment

    Correctional Industries in prison ranks 7th out of 45 reentry programs for benefit to cost ratio, but ranks #2 behind post-secondary education for programs not specifically targeting drug treatment/sentences or intensive management. (see report)

  • Our Core Values

    DOC Leadership

    Stephen Sinclair

    STEPHEN SINCLAIR
    DOC Secretary

    The Secretary of DOC is a Cabinet–level position appointed by the Governor to administer state adult correction facilities, CI and community supervision programs. Mr. Sinclair began his DOC career 28 years ago as a correctional officer and progressively gained greater responsibilities as investigator, sergeant, associate superintendent, superintendent, and deputy director.

    Danielle Armbruster

    DANIELLE ARMBRUSTER
    DOC Assistant Secretary
    Reentry Division

    The Assistant Secretary for Reentry is responsible for administrating a comprehensive reentry design and holistic approach to successfully reintegrate people back into the community. The Reentry Division is responsible for providing transition resources such as case management, including classification and cognitive interventions, education and vocational programming, housing voucher program, family services, work release facilities, Strength in Families program, and Correctional Industries (CI). Prior to her current appointment, Mrs. Armbruster spent 21 years working for CI, most recently serving as the Director.

  • Classes of Operation

    Classes of Operation

    Program Divisons

    Correctional Industries is a part of the Reentry Division of the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC), and operates businesses within Prisons throughout Washington State. The CI program is divided into the following classes of operation:

    • Class I - Private Sector Partnership: Class I industries allow private sector companies to operate within state correctional facilities. The company provides management, on-site supervision, on-the-job training, and all machinery and equipment. Private industry staff interview and hire inmates at wages comparable to those in the community. The Department of Corrections provides industrial space, vocational training, a CI representative to coordinate the program, and custody supervision according to the needs of the institution and the employer. Learn more on becoming a Class I Partner.
    • Class II - Tax Reduction Industries: Class II industries are businesses owned and operated by the state, producing goods and services for tax-supported and non-profit organizations. These elective programs provide job training and work experience for inmates. Class II manufacturing and service operations generate funds from the sale of their goods and services to support their activities.
    • Class III - Institutional Support Industries: Class III operations are directed by the Prisons Division personnel at each institution. Inmates who work in Institutional Support Industries may be assigned jobs in food service, grounds keeping, laundry, maintenance, or as office clerks.
    • Class IV - Community Work Industries: Community Work Industries are supervised by DOC's personnel. The Class IV program is designed to provide services to institutions' host communities at a reduced cost. Public and non-profit agencies may hire Class IV workers. The CI Board of Directors sets policy for these Class IV inmate work crews.
    • Class V - Community Restitution Programs: The Community Restitution Program arose from the Sentencing Reform Act of 1981 to allow for alternatives to confinement for nonviolent inmates. The purpose of this class of industries is to enable an inmate, placed on community supervision, to work off all or part of a community restitution order as ordered by the sentencing court.
  • Enabling Legislation

    Enabling Legislation

    Revised Code of Washington

    Correctional Industries offers eligible customers quick and easy access to quality products and services through various authorities provided under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).

  • Sustainability

    Sustainability

    Correctional Industries' efforts to "go green" have helped transform Washington´s state prison system into a powerhouse of social benefits — dispelling the prison systems' traditional rap as a necessary evil that only consumes resources.

    Going Green

    Correctional Industries' commitment to building sustainability in all its business operations includes environmentally friendly and recycled materials for manufacturing, creating products that can be completely recycled, offering recycling services and developing zero-waste processes. But it also includes trimming down our procedures and processes to avoid needless delays, repetitive efforts, waste and unnecessary manpower. In this way we deliver superior products to customers faster while reducing costs and freeing up capacity for new product lines. Additional product lines increase job and training opportunities so more inmates are prepared to return to society as productive individuals.


    Green Materials

    Environment-related projects at CI also contribute to sustainable efforts at other state agencies and institutions. Customers get green credits for using low-emission furniture and janitorial products and for purchasing furniture and supplies that are recyclable or constructed from recycled products. This enables customers to work toward their sustainability goals without additional expense, and contributes toward a more environmentally friendly Washington State.

    Wood

    Our purchased plywood meets all NAUF and Ultra Low Emitting Formaldehyde standards. Our particleboard is made with 100% recycled wood.

    Aluminum

    The extruded aluminum frame components in our panel systems have a recycled content of 25% with 10% being post-consumer recycled content.

    Steel

    Cold-rolled steel used in our worksurface mounting brackets have a recycled content of 50%.

    Metal
    Finishes

    Metal pieces use a solvent-free powder-coat paint that does not emit VOCs. Overspray is also collected to create recycled paint for use in select products.

    Foam

    Foam used in our seating products do not contain chlorofluorocarbons, a type of ozone depleting substance.

    Adhesives

    Adhesives applied to our furniture are nontoxic, water-based, and do not emit volatile organic chemicals (VOCs).

    Fabrics

    Products such as privacy screens, system panels, chairs, etc., are all available in 100% recycled polyester.

    License
    Plates

    The license plates we manufacture are almost 100% recycled materials melted down from obsolete equipment and aluminum items.

    A Brighter Future

    Sustainable business practices converge naturally with Correctional Industries´ mission to rehabilitate inmates through job training and reduce Corrections´ reliance on tax dollars. Training in sustainable technology and lean manufacturing systems prepares inmates for work in a world increasingly focused on these important issues. In the process they also learn environmental ethics and business strategies.