Class I Pie

Training For Reentry

As a Division of the Washington State Department of Corrections, Correctional Industries (CI) provides work training opportunities to inmates. CI training programs enhance prison safety by reducing idleness and increase public safety by providing inmates with much needed job skills. The goal is simple, prepare inmates for successful reentry and post-release employment through on-the-job and essential skills training.

What is Class I Pie?

CI is certified by the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to administer Prison Industry Enhancement (PIE) Certification Programs, which provide exemptions from interstate commerce restrictions of prisoner-made goods. The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 72.09.100 defines PIE programs as Class I: Free Venture Industries.

Simply put, Class I operations are an opportunity for private businesses to partner with CI in the production of goods and services for sale to both the public and private sector.

Partnership Opportunity

Whether your business is seeking growth opportunities or looking to bring back offshore manufacturing, a Class I partnership may be the workforce solution you need. As a Class I partner, your business will benefit from a skilled and dependable workforce while maintaining the high level of quality your customers expect. CI’s skilled workforce can provide manufacturing support in any one of our existing trades or we can adapt production to meet your specific business demand.

Partnership Opportunity

The Class I employer model is operated and managed in total or in part by any profit or nonprofit organization in accordance with an agreement between the organization and Correctional Industries.

When you partner with CI, not only does your business receive a valuable product or service, you are also helping to reduce recidivism. When inmates release from prison as well-trained and employment ready individuals they have a higher chance of successful reentry within their community.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • 1: What wage is the inmate worker paid?

    The wage paid to the Class I inmate worker is comparable to the wage paid for similar work in the private sector within that same geographic region as determined by a wage review conducted by the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD).

  • 2: How many inmates are available to work?

    There are several factors that determine worker availability, including the facility population and the type of business operations. CI will work with you to find a solution to best fit your goals.

  • 3: Where can we establish a Class I partnership?

    Facility selection is based on numerous factors to include, but not limited to; the Class I model, physical space required, facility inmate population, and geographic availability to any current operations.

  • 4: What shifts are available for Class I operations?

    Typical schedules are day shift with approximately 7.5 hours of available work per shift. Each Class I operation will have different needs and you will work with CI to discuss specific requirements for operations

  • 5: Are workers incarcerated, or on work-release?

    Class I operations will employ inmates currently incarcerated in DOC prisons and not inmates on work-release.

  • 6: Are inmates considered employees of the partner?

    No, the inmates are not considered employees of the private sector enterprise.

  • 7: Are there any tax breaks for hiring inmates?

    Tax breaks or incentives are not authorized under BJA regulated PIE programs. Your own tax advisor can advise on any benefits of hiring incarcerated workforce.

  • 8: What type of business makes the best partnership?

    Our Class I models strive to provide the best and most applicable training available for the inmate workforce with the ultimate goal to reduce recidivism. Any variety of skills found in the private sector arena are a possible fit for Class I partnership.

  • 9: What partnerships currently exist?

    There are no active Class I partnerships in the state of Washington. Nationally, 46 states offer PIE programs administered by the BJA with 99 active private sector partnerships.

  • 10: Can we hire the same inmates once the've released?

    Yes! We strongly encourage our private sector Class I partners to extend employment opportunities beyond the gates. Additionally, the Washington State ESD provides fidelity bond coverage under their program titled ‘Washington Bonding Program’.

1: What wage is the inmate worker paid?

The wage paid to the Class I inmate worker is comparable to the wage paid for similar work in the private sector within that same geographic region as determined by a wage review conducted by the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD).

Skilled Workforce

Correctional Industries provides inmates with relevant job training opportunities and a diverse set of work development experiences. From classroom training to on-the-job training, they learn skills ranging from basic social skills to highly technical computer skills.

In addition to learning technical skills, inmates are expected to successfully complete a 20-hour cognitive behavioral training. Focused on workplace behaviors and expectations, inmates learn how to deal with change, self-control, choices and consequences, and dealing with criticism. These skills help ensure success while they are working for Correctional Industries, as well as in their transition into the community.

Technical Skills
  • Assembly
  • Fabrication
  • Carpentry
  • Food packaging
  • Paint and powder coating
  • Upholstery
  • Sewing machine operation
  • Welding
Soft Skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Good communication
  • Teamwork
  • Accept criticism
  • Work ethic
  • Flexible/adaptable

Everyone Benefits

Everyone Benefits

Benefits go beyond the skills inmates learn and the products and services provided. Your Class I partnership also offers economic benefits to the public. While working for Class I operations, inmates earn at least minimum wage. Not only do inmates pay state and federal taxes, they also contribute to a crime victims fund, cost of incarceration, child support, and mandatory savings account.

Mandatory Deductions
  • 20% Cost of incarceration
  • 5% Crime victims compensation
  • 10% Mandatory savings
Additional Deductions
  • 15% Child support
  • 15% Civil judgement
  • 20% Legal financial obligations