California Prison Industry Authority

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California Prison Industry Authority
Agency overview
Formed September 29, 1982 (1982-09-29)
Jurisdiction California
Agency executives
  • Scott Kernan, chairperson of Prison Industry Board
  • Charles Pattillo, General Manager
Parent department Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Key documents

The California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) is a self-supporting state entity that reduces recidivism, increases prison safety, and enhances public safety by providing California inmates productive work and training opportunities.

CALPIA was formerly California Correctional Industries which started in 1947 and reconstituted CALPIA in 1982. CALPIA manages over 100 manufacturing, service, and consumable industries within the 34 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) institutions and provides over 7,000 offender assignments.

CALPIA is overseen by the Prison Industry Board. The Board is composed of 11 members. The Secretary of CDCR serves as a Member and Chair of the Board.

Statutory Objectives[edit]

(Under the Penal Code Sections 2800-2818):

  • To develop and operate industrial, agricultural and service enterprises that provide work opportunities for offenders under the jurisdiction of CDCR and serve government agencies with products and services to commensurate with their needs.
  • To create and maintain working conditions within CALPIA enterprises as much like those which prevail in private industry as possible, to assure offenders assigned therein the opportunity to work productively to earn funds, and to acquire or improve effective work habits or occupational skills.
  • Operate work programs for offenders that are self-supporting through the generation of sufficient funds from the sale of products and services to pay all its expenses, thereby avoiding the cost of alternative offender programming by CDCR. CALPIA receives no annual appropriation from the Legislature.


Penal Code Sections 2800-2818

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