Illinois Correctional Industries
The mission of Illinois Correctional Industries (ICI) is to provide incarcerated individuals with vocational skills and training necessary to be successful upon release from prison. ICI is able to meet this objective at virtually no cost to Illinois taxpayers. The revenue ICI generates from the sale of its products funds its entire operation. ICI currently has programs operating in 16 Illinois Department of Corrections facilities producing a variety of products and providing various services. These products and services include but are not limited to food, milk, juice, clothing, office and university furniture, eyeglasses, mattresses and pillows, and service dog training. The ICI program sites are on the map below.
ICI focuses on providing skills needed to assist incarcerated individuals in successful rehabilitation and reentry into the community. More than 950 men and women are employed in meaningful work situations that aid in developing useable skills and positive work habits. Each day, these men and women report to work and learn how to interact with others in many situations. They are carefully guided by ICI supervisors and help teach peers new skills, while learning techniques for success at the same time. It is through the development of these work habits that incarcerated individuals prepare themselves for post-release employment.
To qualify as an ICI worker, individuals must demonstrate good behavior, be approved by the facility, and have the time left on their sentence to successfully complete the programming.
Illinois Correctional Industries provides goods and services that impact many Illinois communities. For example, in fiscal year 2010, Dixon Correctional Industries sold more than 361,000 pairs of eyeglasses and earned gross revenues of almost $10.2 million. The Illinois Department of Health and Human Services purchased more than 350,000 pairs of eyeglasses for low income families, adults as well as children. Additionally, in fiscal year 2017, ICI recycled 3,946,010 pounds of refuse that did not find its way to landfills.
For more information visit the Illinois Correctional Industries (ICI) website.