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Arizona Department of Corrections Inmates Helping To Build Homes

"Work was booming, and we needed more people, and this was just a great opportunity," said Mark Frankson, Operations Manager with Erickson Framing AZ LLC. "We saw the program from some other facilities and looked at it the best we could, like, 'hey, this is great. This might work out.' You have a few reservations going in, you know it’s inmate labor, but I will tell you what: for the eight years we've been doing it, it’s been nothing but positive."


The National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA) created the Rodli Award to recognize a correctional industries director who has made sustained, outstanding contributions to the correctional industries field. In 2020, the NCIA awarded the Rodli Award to Brian Radecki. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the national 2020 NCIA conference was canceled, so Brian was recognized at the 2021 conference.


On Monday, June 28, 2021, after being away from the central office for fifteen months, 11 female offenders are happy to be back among the staff in a traditional office setting. A welcome change from the temporary office we set up for them at the prison, they have brand new work stations in an open floor plan that offers plenty of natural light. It didn’t take long for them to get unpacked and set up in the new building. The office is glad to have everyone back.