By Eric Reslock, Chief, External Affairs | Prison Industry Authority

The California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) is hosting this year’s National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA) convention April 1-4 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Correctional industries are the work programs in correctional facilities that provide real world work experience to inmates, teaching them transferable job skills and work ethic to help them prepare for post-release reentry and employment. 

They are the only self-funded reentry support program in corrections – no appropriated funds are required for their operation since they rely on the income generated by the sale of the products and services produced through the program.

The NCIA Enterprise 2012 National Training Conference will bring correctional industry professionals from all 50 states together to share knowledge and strengthen networks. The convention hall exhibit will feature the most-current products and services available to correctional industries.

“We are proud to host this year’s conference for our correctional industry colleagues from all 50 states and England,” said CALPIA General Manager Chuck Pattillo. “The annual NCIA convention has no equal in the field of corrections. This conference will also be of economic benefit to the downtown Sacramento economy.”

Sacramento Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby gave the welcoming address at the April 1 opening event, followed by CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate, who gave the conference keynote address.

NCIA members will be able to attend training workshops offering professional instruction in such topics as “Leadership and Management,” “Business Operations and Solutions,” “Offender Reentry,” and “Jail Work Programs.”

The conference will close with a correctional industry tour of Folsom State Prison guided by CALPIA staff.
NCIA is an international nonprofit professional association whose members represent all 50 state correctional industry agencies, Federal Prison Industries, foreign correctional industry agencies, numerous county jail industry programs, and private sector companies that work with correctional industries both as suppliers/vendors and as partners in apprenticeship and work programs.