||Benefits to the Public
of quality products and services for DEPTCOR customers is an extremely
high priority. But it is ultimately a means to an end. The highest
priority is to prepare the inmates, through job training and skill
development, for their return to society. The employment of inmates
provides both economic and rehabilitative advantages.
Incarceration alone cannot rehabilitate the typical offender.
DEPTCOR plays an integral role in rehabilitation by providing
inmates the opportunity to learn how to become responsible citizens.
Inmates employed by Correctional Industries are more likely to
become employed and earn slightly more money than similar inmates
who did not participate.* A man or woman able to earn a living
through legal means is less likely to commit future crimes, thus
Violence and Disruption
Idleness increases the potential for disorder and aggravates criminal
tendencies. When inmates are constructively working, the safety
and security of the institutions are at less risk. DEPTCOR employs
over 1,000 inmates annually, providing a significant positive
impact on reducing prison misconduct.
DEPTCOR operates from sales revenue rather than appropriated funds,
thus lowering the annual prison costs to taxpayers by millions
of dollars. Further savings are realized through the reduced prices
DEPTCOR offers to its customers, who are tax-supported agencies.
The public believes that inmates should "do hard
time." DEPTCOR provides the opportunity for inmates to do
productive work, rather than indulge in idleness. Inmates are
behind sewing machines, operating printing presses, typing, building
sheds, pouring concrete, constructing furniture, loading trucks,
moving boxes, stamping out license plates, and performing many
work for inmates, DEPTCOR also provides jobs for civilians. DEPTCOR
employs over 100 state employees and generates thousands of private sector
jobs. DEPTCOR purchases its wide array of raw materials from vendors
throughout New Jersey and across the United States who employ private
citizens to manufacture and transport the raw materials.