Industries, KCI, as a part of the overall Kansas criminal
justice system, contributes to a more efficient use of public funds, by
offering inmate produced goods and services to State and local
governmental units and to other qualified organizations at a lower
cost, while maintaining a high level of quality and service. In
addition, KCI provides quality training and employment for inmates.
Manufactured Products & Services
Kansas statutes limit those authorized to purchase
products manufactured and services provided by State operated
correctional industries to State agencies; counties; cities; other
units of local government; the Federal government; schools; churches;
current State of Kansas employees; and eligible not-for-profit
organizations. Similar agencies in other states are also eligible to
purchase from KCI if their state laws do not prohibit it.
Created in 1957 by the "Prison Made Goods Act"
Currently, KCI employs over 1,100 inmates, which is
over 13% of the inmate workforce, in a combination of traditional and
private sector jobs. Those jobs consist of both high and low skilled
opportunities and provide a large number of inmates with highly
marketable job skills upon release from prison.
Partnerships between KCI and private industries, which
result in the employment of inmates inside and outside prisons, benefit
a variety of stakeholders.
Benefits to Company
- Access to a dependable, productive and flexible workforce.
- Pay reasonable wages.
- Obtain Federal Tax Credit of $2,400 for each inmate worker hired.
- No Federal or State Unemployment Taxes.
Benefits to Inmates
- Acquire valuable work habits and skills.
- Earn at least Federal Minimum Wage.
- Meet Child Support obligations.
- Receive mandatory savings upon release.
Benefits to State
- High quality experience and training provided at no cost to
- Restitution paid to crime victims.
- Room and board payments collected from inmate workers.
- State and Federal Income Taxes collected.
- Fewer inmate disciplinary problems.
- Offender recidivism reduced.
If you are interested in obtaining more information
about the private industry program or would like to explore partnership
opportunities, please contact Teresa Lee at (913) 727-3249 or