Prisons, Operations Management, Six Sigma, Lean, Decision Sciences in Practice
2021 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference
Prisons can utilize effective operations management and continuous improvement techniques to fulfil the obligations of stakeholders and provide an opportunity to try and support the rehabilitation of inmates. Iowa Prison Industries (IPI) offers a work training program for incarcerated individuals under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Corrections (IDOC). The program works with approximately 800 incarcerated “associates” to help them acquire skills necessary to obtain gainful employment upon release. This article shares some of the history of IPI’s Operational Excellence (OpEx) as well as reports on program impact. Preliminary findings and success outcomes have been encouraging.
Department of Management
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UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
©2021 Dan Bumblauskas, Russell Guay, Steve Forbes, and Salil Kalghatgi
Bumblauskas,, Dan; Guay, Russell; Forbes, Steve; and Kalghatgi, Salil, "Society and Sites of Conscience: Operational Excellence in Prison Industries" (2021). Faculty Publications. 2168.