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Texas Correctional Industries (TCI) is a department within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). TCI was established in 1963 with the passage of Senate Bill 338, the Prison Made Goods Act. TCI manufactures goods and provides services to state and local government agencies, public educational systems and other tax-supported entities.

TCI's statutory objectives are found in Texas Government Code, 497.002, and are summarized as follows:

1. Provide work program participants with marketable job skills to help reduce recidivism through a coordinated program of job skills training, and documentation of work history.

2. Reduce TDCJ costs by providing products and services to the agency and providing products and services for sale, on a for-profit basis to agencies of the state or political subdivisions of the state.

TCI facilities are spread throughout the state with the heaviest concentration in East Texas. These facilities produce items such as mattresses, shoes, garments, brooms, license plates, printed materials, janitorial supplies, soaps, detergents, furniture, textile and steel products. These products are required to meet specifications established and regulated by the Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The TPASS is the procurement authority for all state agencies in Texas and coordinates the majority of interagency sales of goods and services provided by TCI.

TCI benefits the state of Texas by generating cost savings by providing quality manufactured products and services to the TDCJ and other eligible agencies and political subdivisions.

TCI is committed to contributing to the reentry opportunities for eligible incarcerated offenders, providing quality training for staff and offenders and manufacturing quality products and providing services that meet customer requirements.



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