Correctional Industries opens new distribution center

Inside Correctional Industries new distribution center
Inside CI's new distribution center

BOISE, April 4, 2013 -- The opening of a new 40,000 square foot distribution center in the Idaho State Correctional Complex south of Boise has signaled a new era for Correctional Industries and its mission of building partnerships and building lives.

Prior to the opening of the center, the vocational training program’s shipping and receiving functions were spread among five buildings in the complex. CI general manager Marty Thomas says the consolidation makes CI’s operations more efficient and more secure.

“Before, we had staff that were in two different buildings, so if a staff member needed to go someplace we had no coverage. Plus, we won’t have offenders walking off to different areas,” Thomas says.

A state-of-the-art video surveillance system will also help keep staff and offenders safe.  At the distribution center’s grand opening on March 7, visitors were drawn to the collection of monitors, which correctional staff can use to track everything that’s happening in the building.

“We have no dead spots whatsoever,” Thomas says.

CI’s manufacturing operation will remain inside the wire at Idaho State Correctional Institution. But the extra space and improved efficiency that has resulted from the opening of the distribution center will create new opportunities for CI to make its successful vocational training programs even better.

“We know job training helps offenders succeed when they return to society,” says Idaho Department of Correction Director Brent Reinke. “In the years to come, this building will help us give more offenders even better job training, and help us fulfill our mission of creating a safer Idaho.”

CI is a division of IDOC, but it receives no taxpayer support.  It’s funding comes from the sale of products like office furniture and garments, and the sale of services like printing and labor.

 

Story published: 04/04/2013
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