Oklahoma Correctional Industries (OCI) is an integral part of the Department of Corrections.
OCI is a self-supporting entity that employs offenders in order to help them acquire job skills. These skills are attained through our well-managed correctional industries programs that allow for the offenders' successful return to society. This enables OCI to offer customers quality products at a reasonable price and results in significant overall tax savings to the general public.
OCI has 13 locations across the State of Oklahoma with 18 Factories, four PIECEP and 11 Partnerships, historically averaging an employment base of 1200 offenders.
OCI offers over 1500 standard products as well as thousands of customizable variations. Call customer service for details. OCI is also involved in recycling paper, cardboard, and pallets. In addition, OCI recycles ink cartridges for its own use.
Oklahoma Correctional Industries (OCI): Therapeutic Offender Workforce Empowerment Reentry Support (TOWERS) Team provides opportunities to adults in custody (AIC) at 11 facilities throughout the state. TOWERS is uniquely situated within OCI work training programs. Our specialists work on soft skill development, technical training, and reentry planning with AICs while they are still incarcerated; however, their efforts do not stop once AICs are released. TOWERS aims to support OCI men and women, beyond working for OCI, to continue the employment, education and training related community integration efforts upon release. To that end, our TOWERS program assists with employment services to released AICs and the business community. We also work with dedicated community partners. OCI invests in AICs futures, as well as the communities they will serve.
OCI offers a variety of classes and trainings depending on the institution and amount of time the AIC has before release. OCI has also developed a strong relationship with Oklahoma Department of Correction’s (ODOC) education program ensuring that AIC employees may acquire the skills and certifications necessary for employability. OCI and ODOC education work together to link industry jobs with instructional programs. Over 2 million AIC work hours are produced each year from over 1200 AICs employed in 17 traditional operations and 17 private/public partnerships in 11 locations. We pride ourselves in empowering our AIC employees to become OCI’s greatest product.
OCI Supervisors are role models that AICs can learn from through observation. As a part of our soft skills program, our OCI staff have been offered Management Mentoring. This training provides scope in effectively dealing with self-defeating behavioral patterns common among incarcerated individuals and provides strategies to help counteract them. OCI offers a positive environment for men and women to learn and apply soft skills by demonstrating appropriate conduct and encouraging positive relations in the workplace. OCI staff interacts with a large number of AICs, teaching them at locations throughout the state, and instilling in them the confidence for success on the job in their day to day lives.