Airway Heights Corrections Center

11919 W Sprague Ave
P.O. Box 1899
Airway Heights, WA 99001
Airway Heights Correctional Center

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:

Food Production

Food Production

The food factory supports 200 incarcerated workers and 14 staff working three shifts, 24-hours per day, five (5) days per week. The factory represents the primary source of food production for Washington’s prison system, manufacturing over 300,000 cases of frozen meals and bakery products annually to support the feeding of about 16,000 people three times per day. CI partners with the USDA, FDA and local health authorities to ensure its manufactured food products meet industry standards and are safe for all consumers. Accordingly, the factory guarantees its food to be free from adulterates, consistent with FDA Good Manufacturing Practices, and ensures safe processing via an allergen control and food safety program.

Food Service

Food Service

Airway Heights Corrections Center represents one (1) of five (5) food service operations under CI management. AHCC food service consists of two (2) kitchens with 162 incarcerated workers serving 6,500 meals per day to the incarcerated population.

Optical Manufacturing

Optical Manufacturing

With over 85 years of combined experience, CI’s optical supervisors oversee 65 incarcerated workers and the production of 600-700 pairs of eyewear daily. CI provides optical laboratory services to over 600 Medicaid vision care providers throughout Washington who serve Medicaid clients under the age of 21. Low-cost adult eyewear is also available for qualified adults through eligible providers. CI employs a licensed dispensing optician who visits DOC facilities throughout the state to fit incarcerated individuals with prescription eyewear. Individuals who do not meet minimum qualifications to receive state provided eyewear may purchase low cost eyewear directly through CI, orders may also be purchased by family members.

Textiles

Textiles

The textile operation at AHCC manufactures a variety of textiles and custom re-upholstery related items as well as screen printing and embroidery. CI supplies DOC with clothing and property bags. Under state contract, CI provides Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) with ANSI Certified High Visibility Safety Garments. Annual production of safety apparel, which includes Oregon DOT exceeded 7,000 units for Fiscal Year 2017. Individuals learn valuable skills as sewers, sewing machine mechanics, upholsterers, wood workers, press operators, embroidery machine operators, graphics design, digitizing and quality control specialists, and can earn Certificates of Proficiency in these areas. Textile operations employ four (4) civilian staff overseeing 70 incarcerated individuals.

Warehouse Services

Warehouse Services

The warehouse provides a range of services including transportation, shipping and receiving, stocking shelves, order picking and inventory management for all facility operations. Incarcerated workers can earn Certificates of Proficiency in data entry and material handling. Day-to-day work varies, but often includes operating fork lifts and pallet jacks to load and unload trailers, loading and unloading an average of 17 trailers per day. Material handlers who meet specific criteria can be certified as a forklift operator by staff certified instructors. The warehouse employs 16 civilian staff overseeing up to 32 incarcerated workers.

Commissary

Commissary

The commissary program supports 54 incarcerated workers and serves the incarcerated populations at AHCC, Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, Washington State Penitentiary, Cedar Creek Corrections Center, and Larch Corrections Center. The Commissary maintains a menu of 418 products and processes approximately 20,000 orders per month with an average rate of 16 seconds per order.

Laundry

Laundry

The laundry processes on average 7,208 pounds of linen and clothing per day, which equates to 1,672,346 pounds per year. Incarcerated 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 two (2) civilian staff overseeing up to 25 incarcerated individuals.

Administrative Services

Administrative Services

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.