Prisons Compete With Custom Builders

CANON CITY — Eager to do more than make license plates, inmate workers here are bustin’ out.

Canoes and custom motorcycles are among the newest products being made by inmates working under the Colorado Correctional Industries program. Fishing rods and flies also are recent additions.

Correctional Industries oversees about 60 inmate work programs in the agricultural, manufacturing and service fields. Offerings range from furniture making to a commercial fish farm.

The managers of the programs say they’re always willing to think outside the fence — and also eager to tap inmates’ specific work talents.

So when inmates at the fiberglass shop at the medium-security Fremont prison aren’t building fish tanks, they’re making fiberglass-sealed canoes. Read More..