Arizona Correctional Industries (ACI) – a unique, self-funded, 30-year-old business within the Arizona Department of Corrections – provides “jobs” for 2,000 inmates any given day. 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 at – what for many are – their first paid jobs, go toward savings for their release, room and board offsets, child support and restitution funds.
There are similar correctional industries in most states, many counties and at the federal level. Working with the National Association of Correctional Industries, we provide answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions.
Each year millions of dollars in “profits” generated from sales of ACI products and services go directly to Arizona’s General Fund helping to keep state taxes low. 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 programs are 30% less likely to return to their previous life of crime, saving taxpayers millions more in future court and incarceration costs.
Begun as a program to help rehabilitate prisoners, ACI today is a vibrant business creating Innovative Solutions for customers while helping inmates gain the job skills to lead Productive Lives.
This website provides information about all the high-quality products created at our facilities throughout Arizona. As you’ll see, we offer standard and custom-designed products for business, institutional and home use:
Please take a few minutes to look over all the exciting things we offer through this website. It will continue to change as we expand our offerings and make it easier for you to order them. If you can’t find a product that exactly fits your needs, please contact us to learn how we can tailor an existing product or design a new one specifically for you.
The Advisory Board provides non-binding strategic advice to ACI management. The informal nature of an advisory board gives it flexibility in structure and management. Unlike a Board of Directors, advisory boards do not have authority to vote on corporate matters nor bear legal fiduciary responsibilities.
The function of the Advisory Board is to offer non-biased information and advice with anything from marketing to managing human resources to influencing the direction of regulators. The ACI Advisory Board is composed of accomplished experts offering innovative advice and dynamic perspectives.
Traditionally, the members of the ACI Advisory Board represent the Department of Corrections, State Government, higher education and the private sector. The current make up of the Board includes:
Meeting biannually, the Advisory Board provides strategic direction, guides quality improvement, and assesses program effectiveness. In recent years, they have helped ACI with its strategic rebranding and made valuable suggestions on ways to broaden its market reach. The Advisory Board Meeting on May 25, 2016 in the Director’s Conference Room on the fourth floor of the Department of Corrections building at 1601 W Jefferson Avenue in downtown Phoenix sparked much lively discussion.