Kansas Correctional Industries has several shops that are certified
by by the Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP).
KCI, a subsidiary of the Kansas Department of Corrections, teaches
offenders new skills, and allows them to earn wages in preparation for
life outside of a correctional facility. One valuable component of KCI
is the Private Industry Program. The program involves partnerships
between the KDOC/KCI and private business for prison based and non-
prison based operations. KCI ensures that new private industry
programs do not negatively impact workers employed by interested
private companies or available workers in the locality of the host
A new federal certification of KCI shops has expanded its ability to
assist Kansas businesses.
Since the establishment of the Prison Industry Enhancement
Certification Program (PIECP) as created by Congress in 1979, Kansas
has been involved with the “employer model” by working in partnership
with privately operated companies. KCI factories have served State
Agencies since 1958, but recently some KCI shops, like the metal shop,
have been certified through a Federal Program Prison Industries
Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP) for “customer based” work
allowing KCI to assist Kansas businesses with the manufacturing of
products. KCI recently certified not only the metal factory, but the
furniture factory, textiles factory and the dental lab have completed
the process as well.
KCI is always in need of projects for offenders to work on, and
transitioning to customer-based service has opened up new
opportunities. These work environments found within correctional
facilities pay market wages to offenders who stay free of discipline
issues and prove themselves reliable. Often the training they gain
within KCI programs translates directly to employment opportunities
Are you looking for a solution to start up, grow, or expand your
business? Let us help you with a private industry partnership! Contact
Richard O'Donnell at Richard.ODonnell@ks.gov
or 913-727-3249 x57561.