Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this a "make-work" government program?
  2. Are the federal regulations difficult to satisfy?
  3. If I choose to use my own employees for technical support, will they receive security training?
  4. Are there provisions for back-up workers in the event of staffing problems or shortages?
  5. Can I hire and fire inmates?
  6. Can I hire former inmates after release?
  7. Do I need to supply my own staff?
  8. Who supervises the inmates?

Is this a "make-work" government program?

Not at all. Each production facility is a professionally managed profit center that is geared toward being competitive in the marketplace.

Are the federal regulations difficult to satisfy?

The federal program requirements are clearly established and achievable. We work closely with you and the BJA in preparing the documentation and ensuring compliance.

If I choose to use my own employees for technical support, will they receive security training?

Yes. The training is provided free-of-charge by the correctional facility.

Are there provisions for back-up workers in the event of staffing problems or shortages?

There is an eager labor pool available to take the place of inmates who are not available, are terminated, or are released and no longer incarcerated.

Can I hire and fire inmates? (Employer Model Only)

Yes. Inmates apply to work for you just as any potential employee would, and you are free to choose from the pool of applicants in the hiring process. You are also free to terminate the assignment when appropriate.

Can I hire former inmates after release?

Absolutely. This is entirely your choice, and many employers find this an excellent benefit of working in the correctional setting.

Do I need to supply my own staff?

There are several production models from which to choose. You may use correctional industries' staff, your staff, or a combination. When developing a business plan, we work with you to determine the best model for your production needs.

Who supervises the inmates?

Each work group is supervised by a qualified correctional industries supervisor who comes into the facility each day to work with the inmates. Supervisors may be from your staff, the correctional industries' staff, or both depending upon the business model you select.