Inmates learn life skills as they prep horses

February 14, 2017
Craig Smith, KGUN 9 News ABC

WHIP Manager Randy Helm

Program director Randy Helm was a police officer, and a pastor before his horse training skills brought him into the training program. He tells inmates just as a mustang will go wild again if returned to a wild herd; they must avoid getting involved with bad company when they’re released.

FLORENCE, Ariz (KGUN9-TV) – In the Old West law enforcement often depended on a good horse.

Even in modern times the Border Patrol depends on horses to get into back country too rough for a vehicle but not too rough for the smugglers and border crossers the agents seek out.

But where the Patrol gets a lot of its horses may surprise you.

Some of their horses were wild mustangs. They once ran free in the American West but the US Bureau of Land Management collected them when their herds grew too large for the land to support them. They will go the Border Patrol, ranchers and maybe trail ride operators but first to go to an Arizona Prison, as prison inmates prepare the horses, and themselves for a new life outside.

“Every one of these horses came out of the wild. So if I relate that to myself I kinda pretty much did too.”

WHIP Leland Jacot

Leland Jacot is serving four years in prison for a weapons violation. He says the patience, love and responsibility he’s learned training horses like Tonto will help him stay out of trouble once he’s released.

He says, “If you’re gonna changes you’ve got to let go of the old ways. You have to accept the new ways.”

We caught program director Randy Helm coaching an inmate on how to handle a horse: “Come right back towards me. Now catch him before he turns…yep, there ya go! Good!”

Randy Helm was a police officer, and a pastor before his skills with wild mustangs led him to head up the program. He says after about four months the mustangs are ready for the Border Patrol, and other riders. But he says if they went back to the wild they’d revert to their old, wild behavior. He warns inmates who’ve worked to control their lives they can revert too.

WHIP training for border patrol He tells them, “If you leave here and you get back with your old herd, short period of time, all the progress you made suddenly gets lost because you revert back to old thinking, old culture and you’re right back where you don’t want to be.”

And he says after four years and 60 inmates, none have been sent back to prison.

Inmate Justin Balderama was telling us about Ginger, the horse he is training.

“’I’m actually teaching her something and we’re learning together you know?”

Justin Balderama had no experience with horses when he joined the program. He’d like to work with horses like Ginger when he gets out but even if he can’t, he feels the program will help him succeed.

“It’s taught me a lot as far as just holding a job, coming to work every day and that’s helped me a lot.”

Everybody’s ahead on this program. Horses like Frostbite here get a good home. The Border Patrol gets a valuable asset and individuals can buy these horses too for about a thousand dollars after adoption fee and training. That’s a much better deal than you’d normally get if you bought a horse any other way.

Craig Smith KGUN

Craig Smith, KGUN 9 News ABC

And when inmates from the program get out, they can adopt one of these horses if they have the means to care for them. When we met Leland Jacot he was headed home soon, and planning to bring Tonto with him.

Combing Tonto he says, “He’s a lifelong commitment but I’m blessed. My children all grew up on horses. They were in gymkhana growing up. They grew up on horses so I’ve got five grandkids who are going to get to ride this guy.”

Experienced Professionals Begin Working at ASPC-Florence

JJ Anderson

JJ (William) Anderson is the new CIPS at Wild Horse Training. He started working for us on Dec. 19

Dave Schultz

David Schultz is a new driver at Florence Transportation who started on Jan. 2.

Tom Martin

Tom Martin is driver at Florence Transportation who started on Jan. 17

Don DiMaio

Don DiMaio is a floater IPS for Mr. Wesley. Don worked at the Michigan State Prison for 15 years.

Jorge Hernandez

Jorge Hernandez (you can call him George) was a Lt. with ADC in Florence until his retirement 3 years ago. He is the new IPS for graveyard shift for Fish/Farm/Ranch

David Daniels,

David Daniels, a new driver for Transportation in Florence. David started with ACI on Dec. 5, 2016

Arizona Department of Corrections inmates make and donate furniture to nonprofit CAAFA
– Nov 21st, 2016 · by Richard H. Dyer, Mesa Independent

Arizona Department of Corrections inmates in a Central Arizona College program reupholstered children’s furniture that was donated last week to Community Alliance Against Family Abuse in Apache Junction. The nonprofit domestic and sexual violence service provider serves northern Pinal and far eastern Maricopa counties.

Read the whole article.

Delivers Our Products with a Smile that Customers Genuinely Appreciate

– Nov. 7, 2016; Phoenix, AZ – Brian Radecki, ACI CIO announced today that George Escobar from the ACI transportation Division in Florence has been named the ACI Employee of the Quarter.

ACI transportation fleet includes vehicles of every type

ACI transportation fleet includes many different types of vehicle

George began his career with ACI as a driver in November, 2012 and has been an asset to our transportation division ever since.

George or otherwise known as “Cowboy” since he is never without his western straw hat has a can do attitude that is appreciated by ACI staff and our customers. He drives vehicles all over the State of Arizona and delivers our products with a smile that customers genuinely appreciate.

George can drive just about any vehicle in our transportation pool and has a great attention to detail while being the face of ACI on the road.

Please join me in congratulating George Escobar as the ACI employee of the first quarter.

As a Fiscal Services Specialist III, Mike Supervises the Accounts Payable and Inmate Payroll Departments

    The Arizona Correctional Industries Annual Meeting was held at Noah’s Event Center in Chandler, AZ, on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CEO Brian Radecki recognized the ACI Employee of the Year as the meeting concluded.

Mike Campos FY2016 Employee of the Year

Brian Radecki (l) and Karen Hellman (r), Division Director for Inmate Program and Reentry, present Mike Campos with his award

“Mike joined ACI in June of 2014 as a Fiscal Services Specialist II after stints working in accounting, sales, marketing, customer service and tribal land development. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern Utah University and an MBA from the University of Arizona.”

“He quickly proved to be a positive asset for ACI and in May of 2016, he was promoted to the position of Fiscal Services Specialist III, where he supervises the Accounts Payable and Inmate Payroll department. He appreciates all the opportunities that ACI has provided him and looks forward to continuing the mission of ACI as well as learning and growing in his new position.”

“During the last two years, he has exemplified great dedication to ACI while building strong relationships with our important ACI labor contract partners.”
ACI FY 2016 Awards
“He travels to new labor contract locations to instruct on proper reporting procedures and to resolve inmate pay issues. He continually meets with his civilian and inmate staff using effective interaction skills, keeping them well informed while mentoring them on ways to streamline processes.”

“His efforts led to greater efficiencies in the inmate payroll area with improved quality.”

“Please join me in congratulating our 2016 ACI Employee of the Year Michael Campos.”
2016 Annual Meeting Meeting Agenda

The Bakery, License Plates, Mattresses/Upholstery, Printing, Recycling, Sewing (Florence) and Small Business Center Earn Platinum Awards

    The Arizona Correctional Industries Annual Meeting was held at Noah’s Event Center in Chandler, AZ, on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ACI FY 2016 Awards

CEO Brian Radecki and Division Director for Inmate Programs and Reentery Karen Hellman presented ACI’s top performing shops with plaques in recognition of their success in fiscal year 2016.

Bakery, Richard Parham, Manager

Richard Parham receives the award for the Bakery that generated $4,729,211 in revenue, $547,532 net income and 300,001 inmate hours in FY2016

License Plates, Randy Price, Manager

Randy Price receives the award for the License Plate shop that generated $4,101,098 in revenue, $1,124,763 net income and 28,132 inmate hours in FY2016

Mattresses/Upholstery, Al Wesley, Regional Manager

Al Wesley receives the award for the Mattresses/Upholstery shop that generated $1,434,290 in revenue, $240,549 net income and 91,806 inmate hours in FY2016

Print Shop, Randy Bialkowski, manager

Randy Bialkowski receives the award for the Print shop that generated $1,949,509 in revenue, $330,097 net income and 104,365 inmate hours in FY2016

Recycling, Richard Cordova, Manager

Richard Cordova receives the award for Recycling operations that generated $113,305 in revenue, $47,792 net income and 47,797,365 inmate hours in FY2016

Sewing (Florence), Michael Moreno, IPS

Michael Moreno receives the award for the Florence Sewing shop that generated $428,016 in revenue, $131,632 net income and 43,120 inmate hours in FY2016

Small Business Center, Polly Putnam, CIP Specialist

Polly Putnam receives the award for the Print shop that generated $309,790 in revenue, $119,292 net income and 47,331 inmate hours in FY2016

2016 Annual Meeting Meeting Agenda

Greg Lauchner and Karen Hellman Provided the ADC Perspective

    The Arizona Correctional Industries Annual Meeting was held at Noah’s Event Center in Chandler, AZ, on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Brian Introduces Karen
CEO Brian Radecki introduced Karen Hellman, ADC Division Director for Inmate Programs and Reentry.

“The Department of Corrections made some huge strides in its own journey this year as well. When the Director told us about the Department’s focus on reentry last year at this meeting, we all were anxious to learn what that might look like. And last spring, we saw that it was the catalyst for a significant restructuring for the Department. The Inmate Programs and Reentry Division was created to help improve reentry outcomes, by following released offenders more closely as they make their way back into civilian life; helping them avoid violations, find meaningful employment and, ultimately, reduce recidivism.”
Karen Hellman Introduction
“And who better to head this new division than a graduate from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Masters in Forensic Psychology, Karen Hellman. She began her Department career working at the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections and also worked in the ALPHA Program at the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Department. She joined ADC in 2004 and has held a variety of positions related to addiction treatment before moving into the role she now occupies.”

“As the Division Director of Inmate Programs and Reentry, Karen oversees Education, Counseling and Treatment Services, Religious Services, Arizona Correctional Industries, and Community Corrections.”

“Let’s give a warm welcome to Division Director for Inmate Programs and Reentry Karen Hellman.”

Karen Hellman

Inmate Programs and Reentry Division Director Karen Hellman

Karen discussed how the department restructuring, that created the new division she now heads, was designed to better address the issues facing inmates as they are released. Many factors contribute the unacceptably high recidivism rate in Arizona, but she feels that programs like Community Corrections can provide better services and job search guidance as inmates serve the last few months of their sentences.

Karen also stressed that she is counting on ACI to help in these efforts through its many private industry partners, customers and vendors, who might be more predisposed to hire ex-felons than the typical private business. It is all about working more closely with communities to ensure that released inmates have the kinds of support they need on the outside to make better decisions.

Brian then introduced Interim Deputy Director Greg Lauchner:
Greg Lauchner Intro
“As you’ve already witnessed, this year’s annual meeting has changed things up a bit. Hopefully, we’ve all learned a little more about each other and how we can work together better within ACI.”

“To bring us up to date on ADC developments, we’re privileged to have ADC Inspector General and Interim Deputy Director Greg Lauchner with us today. Most of us know Greg through the criminal investigations work he has been doing off and on with ADC since 1993. His work in criminal justice actually began ten years earlier in the Prescott Police Department where he began as a patrol officer and rose to detective during his tenure there.”

“Throughout his ADC career Greg has worked to improve the safe and secure prison operations, often partnering with the FBI, Department of Justice (DOJ) and other federal agencies on initiatives like their Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Gang/Security Threat Group investigations. The Office of the Inspector General is comprised of various units responsible for the overall policing of the prison system through criminal, administrative and background investigations, intelligence gathering, and prison audits and policy.”

“In 2006, Greg’s close work with federal agencies was recognized when he was asked by the DOJ Corrections Mission in Iraq to serve as Director of Audits. You may recall that there were some issues with the prisons the military set up over there. He was brought in to correct them, ultimately being promoted to the Director of Operations, responsible for International Corrections Trainers assigned to the Iraq mission to ensure program goals and objectives directed by mission leadership were fulfilled.”

“Greg continued working at the Federal level from 2007 to 2010, as a consultant and auditor for the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities nationwide monitoring compliance to Federal Detainee Detention Standards.”

“Here at ACI, we’re probably most familiar with Greg’s work through the PREA training we take each year. In 2010, Greg and his IG team took on the significant challenge of working with DOJ certified PREA auditors to ensure ADC’s full compliance with federal PREA laws, and to date have been found 100% compliant to all required PREA standards.
Now, as the Interim Deputy Director, Greg has taken on these additional responsibilities:

  • Managing all of the staffing, recruitment, training and employee assistance for the Department’s ten thousand employees. You know all about and, no doubt, are already well on your way to completing this year’s annual training.
  • The Office of Victim Services provides victim-focused and victim-friendly services to crime victims and survivors. They also provide Restorative Justice opportunities for offenders to be involved in victim-focused activities that will help them understand the impact of their criminal conduct on crime victims.
  • The Constituent Services/Inmate Family & Friends Liaison offers a standard process for receiving, reviewing and responding to complaints from the public concerning inmate related issues.
  • The Deputy Director’s office is also responsible for the Radio Services Unit and Emergency Preparedness for the Department.”

“Let’s give a warm welcome to Inspector General and Interim Deputy Director Greg Lauchner.”

Greg’s remarks:
“Thank you Karen and Brian and thank all of you for letting me be a part of this event.”

“As we go about our day-to-day job duties, it’s easy to get so bogged down in the work that we lose site of the “Work” – with a capital W. I’ve been part of Corrections for a long time, doing the important job of keeping our communities safe. I recognize that we, as an agency, need to take that work to a new level by finding ways to close the revolving door that brings so many inmates back into the system year after year.”

“When Director Ryan spoke at this event last year he went over the discouraging statistics, like the fact that each year some 20,000 inmates get released, while some 22,000 come into our custody. And exactly how many of those 22,000 had recently been released.”

“He talked about how the Department had to do a better job helping inmates transition out, so that they didn’t simply return again and again. It was more than talk. This commitment turned into action as a major Department restructuring led to the creation last spring of the new Inmate Programs and Re-entry Division, headed by Division Director Karen Hellman.”

“As an important part of this new Division, ACI has long been doing its part to better prepare inmates for life after incarceration. You provide jobs-skills training in your shops and create partnerships with private businesses, where they not only learn valuable skills but also establish strong relationships with these companies who, in turn, often extend job offers to them upon their release.”

“These labor contract partnerships are stable and sustainable. Three have endured more than twenty years. These programs have generated millions of inmate work hours that offset hundreds of thousands of room and board costs. They helped the partners grow and expand their businesses, creating thousands of private sector jobs.”

“Like ACI, the Deputy Director’s office is one of the few areas of the Department that interacts with the greater community, outside the walls. We work with the victims of the crimes that brought the inmates into our custody. And we work with the families of inmates who want to ensure that their loved ones are properly cared for.”

Greg Lauchner

Inspector General and Interim Deputy Director Greg Lauchner

“We, too, understand how working with folks on the outside can improve transition outcomes for inmates. The working environments that ACI creates help instill a sense of team spirit, transforming inmates into people who genuinely care about and respect each other. Together, ACI and the Deputy Director’s office and the new Re-entry programs are working closer with private businesses and communities to create that same team spirit.”

“That is our real Work, helping to create communities where everyone genuinely cares about and respects each other, no matter what they may have done in the past. Recognizing that everyone has something to contribute, wants an opportunity to work and provide for themselves and their families.”

“By working together, the Department, the private sector and communities, we can stop the cycle of incarceration that keeps our prisons full past capacity.”

“Today’s luncheon is in recognition of outstanding work of the ACI staff for doing the day-to-day work that generated more than 41 million in revenue last year. Fiscal Year 2016 was outstanding year for sales and net income with a new high mark in inmate hours worked. Congratulations. And thank you for making it happen.”

“You all kept us on track and on mission, proving that some government agencies can perform like a well-run business. Thank you for helping us keep focused on the Work.”

2016 Annual Meeting Meeting Agenda

More than Two Million Inmate Work Hours Generated Over the Years

    The Arizona Correctional Industries Annual Meeting was held at Noah’s Event Center in Chandler, AZ, on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CEO Brian Radecki talked about the many strong labor contract partners that ACI has been privileged to work with over the years.

“We are fortunate to have three our labor contract partners that have been working with us for twenty or more years. Last year we celebrated two of those partners, Hickman’s Family Farms and Televerde. Today we want to recognize the third one.”

“We usually refer to them as Greater Phoenix Auto Auction, but they are actually Manheim, an international company established in 1945 as a wholesale vehicle auction operation.”

Manheim Phoneix 20-Year Partner

CEO Brian Radecki presented the 20-Year Plaque to Recon Manager Mike Hamburg and Patrick Pendergast from Manheim Phoenix

“A subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, Manheim is transforming the wholesale vehicle buying and selling experience through investments in technology and innovative products and services. Manheim markets many respected brands to the remarketing industry in 11 countries, including Australia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.”

“Manheim has set the industry standard for buying and selling used vehicles at live auctions and online. They bring together qualified sellers and volume used vehicle buyers, including automotive dealerships, banks, car rental agencies, car manufacturers and government agencies. Manheim offers its customers a reliable and secure market in which to purchase a variety of vehicles and services that no other remarketing provider can match.”

“Manheim is a socially responsible corporation that cares about its employees, the environment and the communities it serves. From fundraising drives to tutoring kids after school to supporting long-term conservation efforts, Manheim and its employees are dedicated to protecting the environment and giving back to their communities.”

“The inmates who make the trip from Perryville to Manheim’s facilities each day, help prepare automobiles for sale. They carefully clean and polish them to show off the cars in the best possible light. In fact, this detailing crew recently won a company award for their work preparing vehicles for a recent auction.”

“During the twenty years since this partnership began, having a reliable workforce to do this detailing work freed up management to explore and adopt many technological innovations that have transformed their business and their entire industry. For instance:

  • In 1997 Manheim Online was named one of Top Ten e-commerce sites by PC Week
  • By year end 2003 there were 65,000 dealers enrolled and using Manheim Online
  • Their Online Vehicle Exchange was launched in 2004
  • In 2009 they processed three million online transactions
  • And in 2011 their Mobile site enrolled their two millionth user!”

“Today, Manheim has 20,000 employees in 122 operating locations around the globe. It is the world’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services. Manheim registers nearly 7 million used vehicles annually and facilitates transactions representing almost $46 billion in value.”
Manheim 20-Year Plaque
“It is wonderful to see how Manheim has become an industry powerhouse.”

“In recognition of our twenty-year partnership that has generated:

  • An average inmate workforce of 38 per day.
  • A total of 2,177,829 inmate work hours.”

“We want to present Recon Manager Mike Hamburg and Patrick Pendergast from
Manheim Phoenix with this plaque, celebrating our twenty-year partnership.”

“Thank you, gentlemen, for helping us help turn around the lives of hundreds of offenders.”

2016 Annual Meeting Meeting Agenda

ACI Recognizes that its Jobs-skills Training Must be Relevant

When hiring, Arizona Correctional Industries (ACI) shifted its focus from candidates with experience in law enforcement and corrections toward people with private industry experience. It is still vitally important to understand how to operate within a prison complex, the security concerns and the singular nature of working with inmate populations. But, ACI also recognizes that the jobs-skills training provided in its central office and shops must be relevant; there should be jobs outside where the skills can be used.

ACI is definitely run like a private business, using the latest enterprise resource planning (ERP) and accounting software on state-of-the art computer systems. High-speed data networks connect the 23 shops with ACI’s central office making communications and order processing instantaneous. The inmates who perform all clerical duties in the sales and accounting operations learn how to use the types of ERP and communications tools that help accelerate private business growth.

ACI Print Shop Manager Randy Bialkowski

Print Shop Manager Randy Bialkowski explains how he has updated all of the equipment in the 20,000 square foot shop over the years.

It is also important that ACI shops are run by managers who understand the industry, know how shops function effectively in private business and what equipment and technologies are currently in use. ACI is fortunate to have had the insight 14 years ago to hire Randy Bialkowski to manage its printing operations. After a very successful career working in several different industries in the private sector, including stints running printing businesses in Michigan and Arizona and as the owner/manager of a restaurant, Randy took on the challenge of updating ACI’s print shop.

“When ACI approached me about running their print shop inside the Perryville Prison Complex, I was very skeptical,” Randy admits. “I’d never worked in government and didn’t even know that correctional industries existed. Then they told me that my entire work crew would be women!”

Traditionally, men run, maintain and operate the complex machinery in a printing facility. Women would often work in the bindery area or doing the collating and other low-skill, labor-intensive operations. But, as Randy remarked, “I’d never worked with women press operators.”

“I had very little experience supervising women at all, so I was not sure how things would work out here,” Randy continued. “I soon discovered that women actually listen to ― pay attention and retain ― what I tell them. I remembered that the men I’d worked with were more likely to say ‘just show me how to turn it on and I’ll figure it out; I don’t need a manual.’”

What at first seemed like an issue, quickly turned into a big plus and he was able to start converting the rundown, antiquated printing operation into a state-of-the-art facility.

One of the latest purchases was in response to the need for direct data transfer, shorter lead times, small lot orders, and higher printing quality prompting the move from traditional offset to digital printing.

ACI Print Shop learns digital printing

Just like the inmate staff in his charge, Randy had to learn how to use the RYOBI 3404X-DI digital offset press that took ACI from traditional offset to digital printing.

The RYOBI 3404X-DI digital offset press meets such demands by directly using prepress data to quickly print the number of sheets needed with uniform high quality. This state-of-the-art press was jointly developed by Ryobi and Presstek Inc., of the United States. The popular direct imaging system was recently professionally re-calibrated, as systems like this should be every few years. Higher productivity through direct printing of received data, plus user-friendly operation achieved through extensive automation, is combined with the high printing quality of offset printing.

“Over the last 14 years, most of the equipment in the print shop has been updated,” Randy explains, “and our talented inmate crews have quickly learned how to operate and maintain everything; the right way!” Today ACI equipment is on a par with what private print shops are using in Arizona. “Our prepress and digital-press use the most up-to-date technologies.”

Well Rounded Learning Opportunities
While all these equipment updates were taking place, the Department of Corrections’ Inmate Education unit partnered with Rio Salado College to provide extension classes inside the print shop. The instructors bring real-world graphics training and state-of-the art knowledge to the students — and they often apply what they are learning to printing projects that come into the shop, especially those from state agencies and small businesses with no digital graphic capabilities on staff. In many ways the creative graphic skills learned in the extension classes are the perfect complement to the digital printing technologies that drive the new equipment.

“I’ve worked with some great creative people over the years,” Randy claims, “who had no clue how to prepare their files for printing. We still get digital files all the time with photographs embedded in them using RGB colors instead of CMYK. Digital graphics on screens and the internet look great with RBG colors, but creating colors with ink instead of light is entirely different. We’re helping improve their digital graphic skills by ensuring that they know how to output printer-friendly files.”

In the last two years, the shop has also purchased the same print job estimating software used by most government print shops. “With so much of the new equipment driven by technology, it means that the women who learn how to use it here in a print shop will be able to apply that skill in a private print shop once they are released,” Randy explains, “And those skills are transferable to many other technology-driven industries on the outside.”

Several of the inmates who have worked in the shop have gone onto careers in private-sector printer operations. One worked in the Kingman Arizona newspaper’s print shop for a while and another recently worked with one of the print shops that Randy regularly partners with on certain jobs. “We have the capability to do some really great work here, but we simply don’t have the equipment nor the expertise to do every print job the sales team brings in,” Randy continued, “I concentrate on doing those things we can do very well and we’ll send work to other area print shops who can do those things that they excel at. We have a great relationship with some of the other local printers who will, in turn, send work to us that they know we can do well at a good price, on their schedule.”

By consciously keeping up with industry technology trends, ACI remains competitive in a market where, in the last ten years, about half of the private printers in Phoenix have gone out of business. By having shops run by managers with private business experience in those industries, ACI ensures that the inmates will have the skills they need as they transition back to civilian life.

Provides Security at Hickman Family Farms Inmate Labor Program

Arizona Department of Corrections Director (ADC) Charles Ryan presented Bruce Shiflet with his 35-Year Service Pin and Certificate in the Director’s office Monday, August 29, 2016. Bruce currently serves as IPS Supervisor for ACI at the Hickman Family Farms. He previously worked at ASPC-Lewis.

Bruce Shiflet and Director Ryan

Bruce Shiflet, IPS Supervisor, ACI-Hickman Family Farms; ASPC-Lewis/Perryville ACI

Led Efforts to Increase Efficiencies in the Inmate Payroll Accounting

I am pleased to announce that Michael Campos our Fiscal Services Specialist III at ACI central office with responsibility for Inmate Payroll and Accounts Payables has been named the ACI employee of the fourth quarter FY2016.

Mike joined ACI in 2014 working in the Inmate Payroll area and was promoted in May to handle both inmate payroll and accounts payable. During the last two years, Mike has exemplified great dedication to ACI while building strong relationships with our important ACI labor contract partners.

He travels to new labor contract locations to instruct on proper reporting procedures and to resolve inmate pay issues. Mike continually meets with his staff using effective interaction skills, keeping his staff well informed while mentoring them on ways to streamline processes.

His efforts led to greater efficiencies in the inmate payroll area with improved quality.

Please join me in congratulating Mike as ACI employee of the fourth quarter.

Brian Radecki
ACI General Manager

Mike Campos, Inmate Payroll

Mike Campos, Inmate Payroll

None of the 50 inmates that have participated in the WHIP program and been released have returned to prison

– Barbara VanDenburgh and Pat Shannahan, The Republic | AZCentral, June 16, 2016

ACI's Wild Horse Inmate Program

Randy Helm is a horse whisperer who teaches inmates at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence how to tame wild horses. Through the process of training wild mustangs, the inmates learn that they too can live another way.

Always Puts the Customer First While Maintaining a Very Positive Attitude

I am pleased to announce that Ray Sibbitt from our sales group is the ACI Employee of the third quarter.

Ray Sibbitt, Account ManagerThis will be Ray’s sixth year at ACI and he has demonstrated a history of sales success. Ray always puts the customer first while maintaining a very positive attitude and he is very adept developing and winning business at new customers.

A prime example is a private sector family owned business in Yuma which provides housing for migrant workers, where Ray sold a significant amount of institutional beds.

He spearheaded the rebranding efforts at Arizona State Parks and subsequently developed nearly one million dollars of new business.

Please join me in congratulating Ray for a job well done.

Brian Radecki
ACI General Manager

Immediately takes over the ADC Central Office Sales and will take on ASPC Complexes over time

Since the vacancy of the ADC Sales Liaison position that was formerly filled by Jennifer Davis, the ACI Sales Department has done an exceptional job in stepping up to the plate and providing ADC customers the services needed; ACI is truly a resilient during times of change and turnover. I am happy and relieved to inform you all that Kevin Hobbs has accepted the ADC Sales Liaison position effective today, May 18, 2016. As we enter our peak season, I think you’ll agree, Kevin couldn’t have come at a better time!
Kevin Hobbs, ADC Sales Liaison
Kevin will immediately take over the ADC Central Office Territory and then will expand to each of the ASPC Complex’s over a period of time.

Kevin has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from the University of Arkansas and has A+ certification in computer repair from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). He has a fair amount of experience in the customer service and sales field and has held various positions within the private sector where he provided client support, resolved technical issues, maintained knowledge of supported product lines; provided timely follow up on outstanding client issues; developed product applications; regulated fast paced contracts and office operations; spearheaded projects and lead in-house customization of software.

Kevin is an Arkansas native whose background was rooted in a Correctional environment. His father was formerly the Deputy Director of the Arkansas Department of Corrections which exposed Kevin to Corrections culture at an early age. Being around inmate workers in a correctional setting early on in life has given Kevin unique perspective on safety and security which will be beneficial when he visits the Arizona State Prison Complexes in his new role as an ADC Sales Liaison. Kevin’s experience in customer service and sales, knowledge of computer technology, and awareness of Corrections culture and associated politics will allow him to easily integrate into the ACI Sales Department with immediate focus on an ever demanding customer base.

And without further adieu, please join me in welcoming Kevin to our team!

Glen Davis, SVP Operations ACI

Bonded Logic on Fox10 Morning Show

ACI Inmates Work the Production Line at Bonded Logic in Chandler

Bonded Logic Featured on Popular, Local FoxTV Morning Show

Fox 10’s Cory McCloskey stopped by Bonded Logic, where they take crushed denim from Phoenix Fibers and turn it into insulation and acoustic tiles. And where inmates from Florence Complex help work on the production line every day.

Click on the image above or below to watch.

Bonded Logic on FoxTV Morning Show

Inmates Earn Certifications Attesting to their Mastery of Technical Skills

Pathways to SuccessThroughout its 23 shops and 27 labor contract partnerships, Arizona Correctional Industries (ACI) has taken to heart its mission to provide job skills training. The inmates working in the program not only learn the value of teamwork and satisfaction in creating quality products, but for many they are earning certifications from independent auditors attesting to their mastery of new technical skills.

In the ACI industrial yard, where the majority of the products sold outside the Department of Corrections are fabricated, there are several certification programs available to skilled inmates. All craftsmen in the Metal Shop can train and apply for the AWS D1.1, Structural Welding Code – Steel Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) certification from the American Welding Society (AWS). The training and testing is provided by Certified Welding Instructors (CWI) from Interra-Inc., an independent consultant that provides comprehensive evaluations.

American Welding Society (AWS) Certification, facilitated by Certified Welding Instructors (CWI) from Interra-Inc.

American Welding Society (AWS) Certification, facilitated by Certified Welding Instructors (CWI) from Interra-Inc.

More than 40 inmates have received welder certification training and there are currently 24 certified welders in the shop. This important certification helps inmates secure jobs in welding industries after their release. And with these certified craftsman on the production team ACI can bid on contracts that specifically require that the work be done by people with these technical skills.

Across the yard, at the Wood Shop, many specialty training opportunities are available. Many of the vendors and suppliers to these shops provide intense training on the use of their products in ACI operations. One such program, by Wilsonart® Solid Surface, certifies that the work crew is qualified to purchase and sell their special line of countertop products. These programs not only equip inmates with valuable skills to land jobs upon their release, but also allow ACI to expand their product offerings.


One of the many forklifts used throughout ACI shops and warehouses operated by certified inmates.

Every production facility and warehouse within ACI and its labor contract partners’ plants has a need to unload deliveries, move raw materials and inventory and eventually load finished products onto trucks for transport to customers. The universal tool to quickly and effectively perform these various tasks is the forklift. It seems like it would be simple to operate, but actually involves a lot of skill. The load must be balanced properly and moved about with smooth, steady motions. Learning to operate a forklift, gives inmates a valuable skill to help get employment upon their release. Many of these facilities provide Forklift Operator Training Programs like the one at the industrial yard provided by J.J.Keller & Associates, Inc.,® a privately-held company that helps businesses, large and small, deal with the complex and constantly evolving regulations that affect their operations every day. The program complies with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178 in the safe and efficient operation of a forklift in an industrial environment. The certifications are good for three years and can easily be renewed. Some locations also provide certification training in the use of pallet jacks as well.
Forklift Certification

A forklift operator certificate verifying that OSHA standards are being met.

ACI is currently researching additional certification programs to help increase the professionalism of the work crews and the quality of the products they manufacture. Certification training in OSHA Hazmat, Cabinet Making and Powder Coating would validate the skills that many of the inmates in the industrial yard have already acquired and ensure that these operations are consistently performed in compliance with best practices.

Other certified skills training programs using powerful software tools like ACI’s ERP system, Epicor, and the 3-D CAD product design software, SolidWorks are being considered for future implementation. Since ACI has already made the huge investment in these programs and continue to pay licensing fees each year to use them, it just makes sense to learn how to use as many of their features and capabilities as possible. These types of training programs will ensure that the inmates and staff using them fully understand the many features available and the enhancements that come with each new update.

Wood working

One of the many talented craftsman in the ACI industrial yard assembling some custom cabinets.

Epicor is used throughout all ACI operations and serves as the database for all accounting information, from sales orders, customer account details, purchases and payroll. A recent review of how this software is used in the various ACI operations revealed that there are many other time-savings operations that it can perform for the organization. And learning how to take advantage of these features is a priority for the coming year.

Though SolidWorks is now exclusively used in the Industrial Yard, the plan is to expand its use to other shops and the ACI Central office, so that customer service and account managers can better use it as tool to sell the many customized products the shops are capable of producing.

Classroom Training

Local software training companies, like Executive Training Solutions, bring the software, laptops, manuals, workbooks and experienced professions to ACI facilities.

Classroom Training
For the last two years, ACI has been providing a unique training program for the inmates and staff in its Administrative Offices in Phoenix. To further their job skills and broaden their office experience, classes were offered in the Adobe Creative Suite. Introductory and intermediate classes were offered in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. In follow up class, the participants were able to create their own curriculum to get advanced instruction in all three programs and the best ways to use each on a variety of real projects. There were also classes were in Microsoft Excel and Visio for the staff and inmates performing financial and administrative duties.

Trainers from Executive Training Solutions (ETS) in Phoenix came to ACI Central Office with laptops and workbooks for each participant to provide the intensive training. These classes were designed to assist inmates working in the Sublimation and Sales & Marketing departments. Students were encouraged to bring projects and questions they were currently experiencing to better be able to apply the training received. At the conclusion of the classes certificates of completion were offered.

Classroom Training on Site

Inmates and staff learn about Photoshop updates during a training session at ACI central office.

Executive Training Solutions Certificate

Instructors from ETS award each class participate a Certificate of Completion to verify that they have participated in the software training.

After the success of this pilot program, more classes are being investigated for training to bring new inmates up to speed in the use of these programs.

Fiscal Services Specialist III in the Florence Warehouse Keeps Operations Running Smoothly

It is my pleasure to announce that Joseph Lankford our Fiscal Services Specialist III in the Florence warehouse has been named the ACI employee of the second quarter.

Joe has done a great job since joining ACI in late 2013 successfully managing our Florence warehouse. He has developed a very good working relationship with all ACI shops, ACI and ADC staff and our many vendors while promoting an accurate count of materials and finished goods at the Florence warehouse.

Joe handles all the warehouse Epicor entries while supervising both inmate and staff activities thus ensuring proper storage and shipping. He maintains excellent security protocols and a very positive attitude.

ACI Warehouse in Florence

ACI Warehouse in Florence

I ask all to join me in congratulating Joe Lankford on a job well done.

Brian Radecki
ACI General Manager

A Great Story About ACI’s Partnership with BLM
NBC News story on WHIP
A very nice story aired Saturday, March 5, 2016 on the NBC Nightly News about the wild horse training performed by ADC inmates, under the expert watch of ACI’s WHIP Program under the direction of Randy Helm.

The piece is reported by longtime broadcast journalist, Mark Potter, who retired from NBC on Sunday after 41 years – this was his last story.

Inmates Train Wild Horses for Border Patrol

Will receive Award in April at the NCIA National Convention and Training Conference in Pittsburgh

NCIA logoThe NCIA (National Correctional Industries Association, Inc.) is an international nonprofit professional association whose members represent state correctional industry agencies, Federal Prison Industries, foreign correctional industry agencies and city/county jail industry programs.

The Staff Award recognizes the superior performance and supervisory excellence of a correctional industries staff member who has made a significant and sustained contribution to a correctional industries program. Like all Staff Award recipients, Richard excels in the use of human resources, effectiveness in meeting goals and objectives, and quality of service.

Richard Selapack

Richard Selapack, 2016 NCIA Western Region Staff Award Winner

Richard Selapack, Vice President for Labor Contracts, negotiates all new labor partnership contracts and renewals for Arizona Correctional Industries (ACI). This involves coordination with the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) Complex Wardens and support staff, the ADC Contracts Department, the AZ Department of Administration Risk Management unit, the AZ Department of Labor and the private industry partners themselves. Inmate Work Contracts are official agreements between a Labor Contract Partner and the ADC Director, for and on behalf of ACI. Like all legal contracts, each party agrees to perform certain tasks or services for the other under clearly defined terms and conditions. A typical Inmate Work Contract will run 30 or 40 pages and include attachments and revisions over time, as scope of work or requirements change.

ACI is very grateful to Richard for his dedication to this program that he has been a part of since 2001. He has brought in new partners, like Swift Trucking (Common Market Equipment) while helping us retain and grow other partnerships, including the ones begun in 1995: Hickman Family Farms and Televerde. In April 2015, Hickman’s had a huge celebration commemorating the 20th Year of our Partnership at a local resort with state dignitaries including former governor Jan Brewer in attendance as well as many “graduates” of the program who were hired by Hickman’s after their release and now hold key management positions with the company. Richard has worked on many revisions of their contract, expanding the program as Hickman’s expanded their business.

Hickmans Support Team and Mascot

The Hickman’s Support Team (l to r): Erika Seborg, Gail Rittenhouse, Hickman Chicken, Richard Selapack, Glen Davis, Mario Diaz

Steering ACI in New Directions
Richard was the driving force behind ACI’s first Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP) partnership. Though this program has been available to correctional industries in one form or another since 1979, few could navigate its many rules and regulations. Administered by the US Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), PIECP certification excepts participating agencies from certain Federal restraints placed on the marketability of prison-made goods by permitting the transport of such goods in interstate commerce and the sale of such goods to the Federal government.

PIECP Study, coverUnder BJA’s guidance, correctional agencies can engage in the interstate shipment of prison-made goods for sale on the open market if, and only if:

  • Inmates are paid at a rate not less than the rate paid for work of a similar nature in the locality where the work takes place
  • The hiring of inmates does not result in the displacement of employed workers outside the prison or jail, does not occur in occupations in which there is a surplus of labor in the locality, and does not impair existing contracts for services
  • Deductions from inmate PIECP wages are limited to four purposes only (room and board, taxes, victims’ compensation/restitution, and family support) and do not exceed 80% of gross PIECP wages
  • Inmate workers are provided with the same benefits normally provided by the state or Federal government to similarly situated workers, e.g., Workers’ Compensation (or its equivalent) and FICA
  • Local labor organizations and competitor manufacturers are notified of the partnership prior to the initiation of operations
  • Inmate involvement is voluntary

PIECP is designed to benefit participating departments of correction by providing both a cost-effective prison work program that would offset some of the costs of incarceration, and a prison management tool that reduces institutional violence. Taxpayers benefit as inmates became tax producers, able to provide financial support to victims of crime and their own families. Victims and the families of participating prisoners benefit through direct financial contributions from inmate workers. Private sector companies gain a stable and readily available workforce, and possibly industrial space and training assistance. Inmates themselves benefit by increasing their job skills and experience and thus their prospects for successful transition to a job upon release.

Richard’s efforts in creating the JimGlo Trailer PIECP partnership at the facility in Kingman, opens up many new possibilities for ACI to grow this part of its business.

Labor Contract Team

The ACI Labor Contract Team (l-r): Glen Davis, Mario Diaz, Corinne Samuelson, Eric Cole and Richard Selapack

But Richard is much more than a contract writer. He directly supervises six partnerships at seven sites, employing 23 security staff. This includes day-to-day operations that interface between the labor partner and the prison complex staff, such as security issues, staffing issues, transportation coordination, facility problems and helping to improve the partner’s operation. Richard conducts annual compliance surveys with each partnership.

He also indirectly supervises 24 partnerships at 34 different sites with another 33 security personnel and helps manage the hiring and management process of the security staff. These IPSs (Industry Program Specialists) provide security and (in some cases) transportation to worksites as ADC Operations do not provide security staffing at any ACI Program.

The combined programs employ nearly 1,290 inmates daily.

A Particular Set of Skills
Richard is uniquely qualified to work on these complex labor partnerships and the myriad federal, state and local regulations governing them. Throughout his 27-year US military career, he served in Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Turkey. Starting as an Air Force heavy equipment operator from 1969 to 1973, he served a year in the Army and another in the Air National Guard before returning to the Air Force. In 1977 he was commissioned as second lieutenant from Lackland AFB, TX Officer Training School, where he was a Distinguished Graduate. He also earned his BA in business management as a summa cum laude graduate from Park College Missouri and a Master of Science in public administration from Troy State University.

During his years of service Richard earned promotions from Lieutenant through Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel as an air battle manager. He was awarded many medals, ribbons and other recognitions like the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. All of the officers he reported to consistently gave him glowing evaluations. Just a couple of them illustrate how committed Richard was to his duties:

    Evaluation: Richard E. Favela, Colonel, USAF; Chief, Combat Integration Division, Washington, DC; 8 June 1996:

    • Lieutenant Colonel Selapack is exceptionally well versed in all aspects of airborne command and control (C2), and superbly articulates how the Air Force plays a pivotal role in joint warfare C2 architectures.
    • A leader and consensus builder; skilled at bringing together many defense agencies to get the job done right.
    • A visionary thinker tempered with operational savvy, a superior officer ready for command.
    • An operator with a Ph.D in C2; keeps me apprised of the latest C2 topics, on top of every JSTARS (E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System) acquisition and requirements issue and is the first to assess any operational impacts – nothing gets by him.
    • Influential in the SAF acquisition community, quickly sought out when they need the operator’s perspective.
    • Air Staff source for answering numerous questions generated by the recent European JSTARS deployment.
    • Loyal, dedicated, relished solving the tough problems.
    • I picked Rich to represent AF/XO on an AF/IG inquiry into the facts and circumstances surrounding an over-tasked Air Force unit; they did an outstanding job! A player with the skills for command.

    Evaluation: Ralph F. Witterhahn, Col, USAF, Chief, Air Force Division, Bangkok, Thailand, 2 Oct 1990:

    • Major Selapack is an exceptionally capable officer who is paving the way for enhanced joint operations in an increasingly important western-Pacific arena. He has diplomatically overcome bureaucratic roadblocks and cultural/political sensitivities in his efforts to bring the Royal Thailand Air Defense system on line. Many would have simply given up, but Rich made it happen. This strong leader is ready and capable to take on our toughest challenges.

His final military assignment was at Luke AFB here in Phoenix, where he decided to stay after his service. He joined ADC and went through Correctional Officer Training Academy (COTA) training in 1999 quickly moving from CO II to CO III by 2001. That same year he transferred to ACI, where he saw an opportunity to employ the many skills he had acquired in the military to the challenges of creating private business partnerships with the department.

Remarkable Partnerships that Save Arizona Taxpayers Millions
He possesses a thorough knowledge of the industry, the complexes, security considerations, the state political winds, and our partners’ labor requirements. He has a good relationship with the key personnel within the various agencies and facilities and a meticulous attention to detail. These attributes helped him create some remarkable partnerships that have saved Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars (through inmate payroll deductions for room and board and restitution) and helped many small businesses grow into national industries, while creating thousands of new jobs.

Remote Monitoring

Richard can observe activity at Papa John’s Produce in real time from his desk

This year Richard helped ACI negotiate with ADC to have minimum-security inmates moved from different facilities so that we could complete a partnership that will employ 100 inmates. This new labor contract partner, Papa John’s Salads and Produce, supplies Arizona grocery and convenience stores with fresh fruits and vegetables, deli salads, sandwiches and various specialty items. Other new partners include local recyclers Bonded Logic and RAD with contract development activities underway with Western Organics, Cavco West, Erickson Construction, Apache Railway and United Fibers.

Richard has also, personally, escorted inmates injured on job sites to the hospital and stayed with them until ADC facility personnel could arrive to assume custody. Another innovation he has introduced to the labor contract program is tapping into the closed circuit TV systems at our private business partners locations so that he and the rest of the labor contract team can monitor inmates across the state, from their desktops.

Evaluation: Glen Davis, ACI, Senior Vice President of Operations; Phoenix, AZ; 30 Nov 2015:

  • Richard is tenacious. He is always willing to step in where needed and will take on complex projects that involve lots of negotiation, endless patience and very lengthy time-frames before they are successfully executed.
  • He sticks with them, doggedly crossing all the “T”s and dotting all the “I”s until it’s completed. He then continues to stay involved to ensure that the negotiated terms are being met (by all parties).
  • He is respected by all within ADC and all our labor partners for his hard work and unwavering support and for establishing true team work and partnership with these two different groups.

The ultimate team player, Richard Selapack will receive his NCIA Western Region 2016 Staff Award in April at the NCIA National Convention and Training Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.