Great question. And there are many answers.
By law, Pennsylvania Correctional Industries (PCI) may only sell to:
• Commonwealth agencies of Pennsylvania
• Political subdivisions of the Commonwealth, state, municipal or county authority created by or under the laws of the Commonwealth
• State institutions, educational or charitable institutions receiving aid from the Commonwealth
• Any entity that is part of the federal government
• Other states, political subdivisions or authority thereof
• Any institution receiving aid from the federal government
• Any holder of a current PA tax exempt number
Why Buy from PCI?
PCI offers work programs inside state correctional facilities that provide real work experience to inmates. Our bureau is the only self-supporting program within the Department of Corrections. Purchasing from PCI facilitates successful reentry for inmates, enhances public safety by reducing recidivism and saving taxpayers’ dollars, as well as benefits the following:
Wages earned through jobs with PCI contribute to an offenders cost of incarceration, legal financial obligations, victim restitution, family support and an inmate account.
Finding everything your organization or agency needs to succeed is easy when you work with our dedicated staff. You can choose from various standard items, as well as customized and configurable items.
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Buying from Pennsylvania Correctional Industries is made easy.
Experienced PCI staff are ready to assist you! Contact our Sales and Marketing Representatives or our Customer Service Department whether you need help choosing a product to fit your needs or you are ready to start a new project. Our team is committed to the success of our customers!
PCI is committed to the satisfaction of our customers.
Let us help you with your embroidery and silk-screening logos, custom furniture needs, print work and signage.
Many items include free shipping to any destination within the state of Pennsylvania.
In addition to saving tax dollars, PCI contributes to the strength of the economy through its support of private industry. In 2010 we purchased more than $37.2 million worth of raw materials, supplies, and services from the private sector. Additionally, capital assets in excess of $3.8 million were procured during the same period.
Most inmates enter the Pennsylvania correctional system with few job skills. Many have never held a job that provided a reasonable measure of economic security. Others failed to develop good work habits necessary to maintain employment. For many inmates, developing these work habits is even more important than mastering a specific vocation or skill. At PCI, inmates learn marketable job skills in state-of-the-art production and manufacturing operations. Additionally, PCI shop staff require inmate workers to be team players: punctual, reliable, timely in the completion of their work, and dependable. Inmate workers learn to follow directions, develop problem-solving skills and take pride in good work, done well.
Visit the Department of General Services' emarketplace to find links to current opportunities to sell PCI the materials we use every day.