Innovative Solutions = Productive Lives®
Arizona Correctional Industries (ACI) was created by the Arizona Legislature in 1969, operating under the acronym "ARCOR" (Arizona Correctional) until 1987, and received appropriated funds to support its operations. Today, ACI is a vibrant self-funded business within the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR).
ACI creates innovative solutions and products for customers while helping thousands of inmates. Working in safe, positive work and learning environments, inmates gain skills that will help them secure employment upon their release — many in highly skilled trades. The compensation inmates earn can go toward savings for their release, family/child support and restitution funds.
There are similar correctional industries in most states, many counties, and at the federal level. ACI is a proud member of the National Correctional Industries Association. Please visit Frequently Asked Questions.
Each year, millions of dollars in “profits” generated from sales of ACI products and services go directly into Arizona’s General Fund, which helps lower state taxes. Taxpayers also benefit from more than $8 million in inmate compensation deductions that support Court Ordered Restitution, Victim’s Compensation Fund, and more.
Inmates who participate in ACI work programs are 30% less likely to reoffend, saving taxpayers millions more in future court and incarceration costs.