Correctional Industries (CI) is a proven program that works. CI’s recidivism rate of 24.2% vs. the state rate of 40%1 illustrates that offenders working in CI are less likely to return to prison than the average offender.
Saves Taxpayers’ Money
Over 90%2 of CI programs are self-funded and operate solely from the revenue they generate from the products and services they provide, without relying on tax-appropriated funds.
Keeps Prisons and Communities Safer
CI programs effectively reduce offender idleness inside our prisons, which is proven to decrease violence against staff and offenders. CI provides offenders with job skills, enabling them to successfully reenter society, obtain employment, and contribute as tax-paying citizens.
Reduces Cost of Incarceration
The existence of self-sustaining CI programs offsets the need to spend additional taxpayer dollars for offender supervision and alternative program costs.
Generates Return on Investment
A Washington State Institute for Public Policy study concluded that CI programs generate significant savings of taxpayer dollars. For every $1.003 spent on CI, $4.773 is saved in future criminal justice costs due to the reduction in recidivism.
Supports Businesses and Economy
CI purchases $1.2 billion4 in raw materials, supplies, component parts, equipment and services to support its operations. In doing so, they rely heavily on small businesses in the community, returning much of the revenue to local businesses.
Builds Family Ties
Offenders working in CI are able to send a portion of their earnings home to support their families, offsetting the need for additional taxpayer public assistance programs. Over $42 million5 has been contributed to Family Support Payments through the Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP).
Provides Victim Restitution
Offenders who participate in CI programs are able to contribute to their financial obligations from their earnings. Over $73 million6 has been contributed to Victim Compensation and Restitution Funds through PIECP.
CI employs veterans in both civilian staff and offender worker positions. CI works with disadvantaged and disabled veteran-owned businesses.
Made in the USA
Products manufactured by CI are made in the United States, supporting domestic jobs and our nation’s economy. CI serves as a domestic resource to perform work that would otherwise be done outside the United States.
1National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA) 2016 Directory,
median recidivism calculated from self-reported statistics submitted by
state and federal Correctional Industries agencies
2, 4National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA) 2016 Directory
3Washington State Institute for Public Policy – Return on Investment:
Evidence-Based Options to Improve Statewide Outcomes, February 2015
5, 6PIECP Quarterly Statistics, 2nd Quarter 2015