A part of Colorado Correction Industry's (CCI) mission statement: "to reduce inmate idleness and the demand for general-funded programs by working as many inmates as possible in self supporting and productive industries. To train inmates in meaningful skills, work ethics and quality standards which best enable them to secure long-term employment after release from prison", not only best describes how CCi prepares inmates for employment in the private sector but demonstrates CCi's positive contribution, in the work force development arena, by increasing personal training and prepared to enter the work force pool of Colorado.
CCi's involvement, as a division of the Department of Corrections, is a collaborative effort with the DOC's education and parole divisions to best prepare inmates for employment upon release from prison.
General points to consider:
- CCi employs 1,800 inmates through a combination of CCi manufacturing, agriculture and services programs.
- A GED is required of each inmate before consideration for CCi employment
- The GED requirement begins the inmate's motivational process to provide his willingness to advance and become successful in a work environment.
- The DOC's education division offers classes and advancement certificates/college credits to build on preparing and influencing the inmate for success as well as to become a positive contributor to the work force and in essence, society.
- CCi offers many on-the-job training opportunities and supplements the DOC education's piece by simplifying the inmate transition from classroom to actual on-the-job training/work experience.
- On-th-job training, through work skills development, also becomes part of the inmate's CCi work environment and inspiration.
- CCi continually teaches and develops a work ethic often found lacking or underdeveloped in today's inmate.
- Incentives, through inmate pay plans, are provided to keep inmate's actively seeking job growth and advancement while employed by CCi. This mirrors employee development found in private sector employment.
Other factors including public safety:
- Inmates idleness is reduced while working for CCi. When inmates are productive and doing something to advance their lives, they are less of a security risk to the prison and lessen the demand and costs requiring correctional officer presence.
- CCi is a cash funded enterprise and is therefore not funded by the taxpayers, thus work programs are not dependent on the general fund and available tax dollars.
- CCi contributes to lowering prison costs by reducing recidivism. For example, a one percent (1%) reduction in recidivism equals 220 inmates at $35.000 annual cost per inmate. This equals over $7 million in reduced costs or savings to the general fund.