- Correctional Industries Mission
Colorado Correctional Industries, in collaboration with DOC, provides work opportunities and training in meaningful job skills, work ethics, and quality standards to support rehabilitation, reentry, and reintegration needs of incarcerated adults, with the ultimate goal of reducing recidivism and promoting successful post-incarceration life.
Where We Started
Colorado Correctional Industries (CCI) is a division of the Colorado Department of Corrections, created by the Colorado Legislature in 1976, with the purpose of creating profitable industries inside prison facilities to provide work opportunities for inmates while they are incarcerated. CCI would be self-sustaining from the revenue generated by sales of prison manufactured goods and services. CCI's incarcerated workers would learn critical job skills and work ethic. In theory and practice, this resulted in less cost to the general fund by removing part of the prison population from general funded supervision for part of the day. Ultimately, the acquired job skills would result in lower recidivism because former inmates would use their skills to obtain and maintain employment upon release.
Where We Are Going
Several years of challenging market conditions and unprecedented financial difficulties led to the decision in 2022 to reorganize Correctional Industries. This resulted in the closing of our entire office furniture division, due primarily to the shift toward work-from-home by the majority of our customers. Additionally, we closed other underperforming businesses that had no hope of recovering profitability, including all of our dairy operations, air filter manufacturing, CAD/Web Design, and our DMV call center.
CCI has emerged from the reorganization in a stronger financial position and we are excited to announce that after over three years of planning and construction, we have finally launched our coffee roasting operation at Denver Women's Correctional Facility. We are roasting specialty coffee beans, initially for sale through the DOC canteen, and we plan to offer it to the general public very soon. This program currently employs 3 incarcerated women who are learning every aspect of the roasting side of the coffee business and have the opportunity to earn industry certifications. Women are underrepresented in coffee roasting, and all three of our team are excited to continue in the business after they are released from prison.
As CCI continues to recover from the recent challenges, we are always seeking new opportunities to create meaningful employment for incarcerated adults in Colorado. If you would like to support our mission, please visit our online store at www.coloradoci.com and purchase our Colorado-made products, or adopt a dog from our prison-trained K9 companion program.
- Correctional Industries Annual Reports
- State Purchasing Awards
With the closure of our office furniture operations, we have issued a blanket waiver for all agencies to purchase office furniture from other vendors. Waivers do not need to be submitted for furniture.
Bids Agreement 42044YYY01P still applies to American and Colorado Flags (Commodity Code 350-72) and CRS 17-24-111(1)(a) requires agencies that don't have their own print shop to purchase printing services from CCI
Orders should be sent to DOC_CCI_Orders@state.co.us
- Correctional Industries Advisory Committee
Colorado Correctional Industries has an Advisory Committee with oversight of our operations and finances. Committee Member are listed below.
The next CCi Advisory Committee Meeting will be held in person (and virtually) at the State Capitol, Committee Room 0109, at 1:00 pm on March 3, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Fhuere at Rebecca.Fhuere@state.co.us
Matt Soper, Senator
Julie Gonzales, Senator
Mark Baisley, Representative
David Ortiz, Representative
Dave Young, State Treasurer
Andre Stancil, Executive Director, Department of Corrections
Lauren Larsen, Director, Office of State Planning and Budgeting
Heather Velasquez, Deputy Director, Department of Personnel and Administration
Daniel Mondragon, Labor Representative
Jason Wardrip, Labor Representative
Shawn Mobley, Sheriff, Otero County Sheriff's Office
Vacant, Business Community Representative
Kaleigh Perez, Business Community Representative