About NCIA

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Who is NCIA?

The National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA) is an international nonprofit professional association whose members represent state correctional industry agencies, Federal Prison Industries, foreign correctional industry agencies, county jail industry programs, and private sector companies that work in partnership with Correctional Industries as suppliers, vendors, and partners in apprenticeship and work programs for offenders in correctional facilities. Correctional Industries personnel at all levels use NCIA’s wide array of professional development opportunities to network and improve their skills. Through an annual national conference, regional and local workshops, a comprehensive website, webinars and informative publications, NCIA keeps the field abreast of emerging technology, sales and marketing techniques, reentry strategies, the legislative climate, and the many success stories of offenders whose lives have been transformed by Correctional Industries. Under the Training and Technical Assistance Project of the Private Sector/Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP) for the U.S. Department of Justice, NCIA conducts reviews of PIECP programs and cost accounting centers, compiles and publishes quarterly statistical reports, and provides technical support to PIECP certificate holders via an annual training webinar and online resources.

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Correctional Industries: The Reentry Program That Works

Correctional Industries are programs in correctional facilities that provide real-world work experience and training to offenders in order to prepare them for successful reentry and employment after their release. They are the only self-funded reentry program in corrections — since nearly all jurisdictions rely on revolving funds from the income generated by the sale of the products and services their programs produce, no appropriated funds are required for their operation. Correctional Industries reduce recidivism, save the taxpayers’ money, strengthen local and state economies, facilitate successful reentry, and embrace restorative justice principles by contributing offender wages to victim restitution. Offenders working in Correctional Industries learn occupational skills and soft skills such as accountability, punctuality, following instructions, working with a team, and respecting their coworkers—invaluable experience that enables them to return to society with the tools necessary for success. Many Correctional Industries programs have incorporated workforce development training, life skills classes and partner with community organizations and other critical stakeholders to give offenders the best possible chance for successful reentry.