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California Prison Industry

Areas of Opportunity

Last updated: May 25, 2021



Accounting     GO TO TOP ↑

CALPIA’s Accounting Services controls and accounts for all receipts and disbursements of funds and prepares management and control agency financial reports. This includes Inventory Management, which maintains and monitors products costs and conducts year end physical inventory. This also includes CALPIA’s Budgeting & Financial Planning area which develops, implements, and maintains the CALPIA annual financial plan.

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Business Services     GO TO TOP ↑

Business Services is responsible for procurement, contracting, Cal-Card administration, mail and shipping needs, fleet vehicle purchasing and use, building maintenance, cleaning, security, and telephone services for CALPIA.

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Construction Services     GO TO TOP ↑

This enterprise is responsible for direct supervision of a wide variety of day labor/offender or ward labor construction projects at assigned State correctional facilities.

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Customer Service     GO TO TOP ↑

This branch of CALPIA is responsible for processing all incoming orders, responding to customer inquiries about the status of their orders, coordinating orders and delivery for major projects, processing and reporting on return/repair requests, and receiving and responding to bids.

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External Affairs     GO TO TOP ↑

The Office of External Affairs is responsible for informing the public of the activities, programs, and objectives of CALPIA.

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Facilities Maintenance     GO TO TOP ↑

This is an all-inclusive custodial service designed to meet California Correctional Healthcare Service (CCHCS) needs statewide. The program will train offenders with the necessary knowledge and skill level needed to meet the highest possible standards for healthcare environmental standards. You can find out more about these classifications and the hiring process by visiting this page.

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Food Products     GO TO TOP ↑


Agriculture/Crops Farm

This enterprise involves the farming, producing, and harvesting of a large variety of crops, including corn, alfalfa, oats, sudan, small grains, and almonds, to be used for livestock or human consumption at State institutions or public sale.


This enterprise involves the mass production of white and wheat breads.

Coffee Roasting & Grinding

This enterprise involves roasting and grinding green coffee beans for sale to State and local agencies.


This enterprise involves multiple aspects of the dairy industry including dairy husbandry practices such as feeding, milking, medicating, breeding, and the daily operations of a dairy. In addition, it involves the processing of the milk including standardizing, pasteurizing, packaging and preparing shipments of fluid milk for delivery.

Egg Production

This enterprise involves the brooding/growing of chicks and managing mature laying hens for the purpose of shell egg production; the shell egg production is composed of grading, candling, shipping, and storage of shell eggs; this enterprise also receives and ships fresh and frozen egg products.

Food & Beverage Packaging

This enterprise, depending on the factory, involves the packaging of bread, cookies, peanut butter, and jelly, and/or beverage products in gable top cartons for individual servings. It also involves coordinating bulk deliveries of various types of food and beverage products to customers.

Meat Cutting/Processing

This enterprise involves the daily operational functions of a meat processing plant involving the processing of primal cuts and box beef, which includes cutting, boning, the making of various sausage products, and packing and shipping; and inspects product for compliance with quality control under United States Department of Agriculture procedures.

Poultry Processing

This position involves the processing of poultry products.

Sausage Making/Cured Meats

This enterprise involves the mixes/blends of ground meats and condiments to make various cooked/smoked sausage products

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Human Resources     GO TO TOP ↑

Human Resources is responsible for a combination of personnel functions, including recruitment, classification and compensation, labor relations, workers compensation/return to work, staff development and resource planning.

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Maintenance and Repair     GO TO TOP ↑

This enterprise involves the safe and proper preventive maintenance and repair of all industrial systems, equipment and facilities to ensure the successful, on-going operation of each industry. The maintenance and repair enterprise includes the areas of welding, hydraulics, pneumatics, plumbing, boiler maintenance, electrical, electrical trouble shooting, and others.

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Management Information Systems     GO TO TOP ↑

The Management Information Systems department is responsible for application development and maintenance, database management, web and intranet, email, desktop, local area networks and security of the information technology within CALPIA.

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Manufacturing     GO TO TOP ↑


Fabric Products

This enterprise involves garment manufacturing on a large variety of sewn products, such as: coveralls, institutional clothing, fire protection gear, vests and more.

Knitting Mill

This enterprise involves the manufacturing and finishing of circular and tubular knitted materials in such items as T-shirts, hosiery, and underwear.

General Fabrication

This enterprise manufactures various lines of freestanding conventional furniture and modular system furniture (MSF), which is comprised of several hundred components that can be combined to create various office space configurations.

Metal Fabrication/Products

This enterprise involves the manufacturing of a variety of metal products, including but not limited to, license plates, signs, beds, chairs, tables, lockers, file cabinets, desks, shelves, and stools.

Mattress & Bedding

This enterprise involves the manufacturing of mattresses, pillows, and other bedding.

Shoe Manufacturing

This enterprise involves the shoe manufacturing process, specializing in cutting, stitching, lasting, injection molding, finishing and packing.

Tool & Die

This enterprise involves the handling of silkscreen materials and equipment such as Ink Jet Printer, Thermal Printer, Semi-Automatic Screen Printing, printing carousel, screen drying equipment, and exposing unit.


This enterprise involves the manufacturing of upholstery products, such as chairs and lounges

Wood Products

This enterprise involves the manufacturing of a large variety of wood furniture for dormitories, libraries, offices, recreational areas, and other fine wood specialty products.

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Marketing Services     GO TO TOP ↑

Marketing services provides a wide range of services, including product management/development, pricing, market research, revenue forecast development, trade show coordination, and advertising.

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Project Management     GO TO TOP ↑

The Project Management Office (PMO) provides support for CALPIA’s portfolio of strategic initiatives through project oversight across the organization.

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Sales     GO TO TOP ↑

The CALPIA Sales Branch is responsible for generating revenue and building market share by creating strategic relationships with existing customers and by identifying new customer opportunities.

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Services     GO TO TOP ↑



This enterprise manufactures heat-sealed binders, turned edge binders, polyethylene binders, mesh signs and vests using heat-sealed lettering, pressboard files, diploma covers, and various other silkscreen printed specialty items.

Dental Laboratory

This enterprise provides dental services to the California Department of Corrections. The laboratory maintains a complete dental prosthesis selection ranging from custom trays, bite blocks, try-ins, night guards, partial and full dentures, and cast metal framework.

Detergent Plant

This enterprise involves working in quality control factory in a lead capacity role for a detergent/ cleaning products manufacturing organization, which produces a wide range of detergent products including California Green cleaning products.

Digital Services

This enterprise involves the production of digital mapping data used in Geographical Information Systems (GIS); Closed-Captioning services; tactile printing for the visually impaired; transcription services and more


This enterprise involves providing laundry services for State, local governmental entities, public agencies.

Optical Products

This high-volume enterprise involves the manufacturing and assembly of plastic and polycarbonate lenses used in safety and ophthalmic eyewear.


This enterprise involves the printing of decals, stickers, tags, forms, envelopes, business cards and other specialty printing items using digital copy, letterpress, offset web and sheet fed printing equipment.

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Staff Development     GO TO TOP ↑

The Staff Development Unit facilitates training for CALPIA employees to improve knowledge, skills, and abilities for current or future job performance which in turn, improves organizational performance for CALPIA employees statewide.

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Warehouse and Delivery     GO TO TOP ↑

This enterprise includes the receipt, storage, issuing and shipping of finished products, food supplies, raw materials, component parts, etc. in a CALPIA Warehouse.

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Workforce Development     GO TO TOP ↑

The Workforce Development Branch includes Career Technical Education, Industry Employment Program, and the Joint and Free Venture Programs. These offender development programs and opportunities help CALPIA achieve their vision of reducing offender recidivism and enhancing public safety by providing offenders with productive work and training opportunities.

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