About

About

Modern Wood Shop facilities at TSCS
Laundry facility at TSCS

We Are...100% self-supporting (no taxpayer money used) industries program of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. 

Our Mission...is "Building Opportunities" by using work as a tool to prepare incarcerated men and women for  successful reentry back into our communities.

Our Markets...are those supported in whole or in part by Nebraska taxes. 

Our Products...include variety of furniture, seating and tables, printing, laundry services, license plates, braille products, janitorial, clothing, variety of signs and awards.

Yes, We Do...make all license plates for the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.

CSI History

In 1886, the first prison industry shops were built within the Nebraska State Penitentiary, for cobbling shoes, making furniture, processing laundry, and canning penitentiary-grown produce.  We've come a long way since then!

Past shops and factories include a broom factory, a garment factory that included dry-cleaning, a shoe repair shop, a canning operation, a dental laboratory, and a large-scale farming and dairy operation.  Past products included wicker furniture, brooms, shoes, and false teeth!

The wicker rocker pictured on the right was made by the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) shop in 1920. While CSI does not make wicker items anymore, we still have a complete line of fine furniture for offices, schools, and libraries! See a video of the early days of the NSP in our Facebook page. 

CSI Today

Today, CSI operates shops and programming in five NDCS institutions. We are a business and we use the techniques of a regular business to design – draft – engineer – manufacture – assemble – sew – stitch – recondition – refinish – reupholster – repair – print – paint – launder – finish – engrave – transcribe – market – sell – deliver products to our customers throughout Nebraska.

At the same time we are here to provide public service as explained in our mission page. Our product lines range from Braille transcription and repair to fine custom wood furniture, outdoor furnishings, printing, laundry service, janitorial products, clothing, dry goods and making all Nebraska license plates. We have 15 shops located within the Nebraska State Penitentiary, Lincoln Correctional Center, Omaha Correctional Center, Nebraska Correctional Center for Women, and Tecumseh State Correctional Institution providing meaningful jobs and programming for hundreds of incarcerated men and women workers. In addition, CSI is responsible for the provision of incarcerated men and women road crews throughout the state that assist other state agencies and political subdivisions. We are always looking to expand our operations, thereby offering more programming opportunities for our incarcerated men and women workers. Read more about the CSI operations here

See some of the most frequently asked questions about correctional industries such as CSI.

Our Location

The CSI Sales, Administration and Warehouse Bulding is locate at 800 Pioneers Boulevard, Lincoln, NE 68502 (click to view Google Map).

Deliveries are made using the 8th Street entrance to the Warehouse.

Our Showroom Hours are 8:00am-5:00pm M-F (closed during State Holidays)

 
 

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