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Texas Correctional Industries (TCI) is a department within the Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Logistics Division of 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 for sale, on a for-profit basis, to city, county, state and federal agencies, public schools, public and private institutions of higher education, public hospitals and political subdivisions.

TCI's statutory objectives are found in Texas Government Code §497.002, and are to provide work program participants with marketable job skills, help reduce recidivism and reduce department cost by providing products and services to TDCJ and other eligible entities on a for-profit basis.

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. TCI products are required to meet specifications established and regulated by the Statewide Procurement Division (SPD) of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. SPD 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 providing cost savings to the TDCJ and other eligible entities while providing incarcerated inmates with post-release employment readiness to increase their reentry success.

TCI is committed to:
  • Providing marketable job skills training to incarcerated inmates.
  • Providing quality training for staff and inmates.
  • Manufacturing quality products and providing products and services that meet customer requirements.



Page Updated April 2018

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