On October 18, 1984, the Indiana Department of Correction broke ground for the Correctional Industrial Complex (CIC), later renamed the Correctional Industrial Facility (CIF). CIF was originally built for a capacity of 714 but because of overcrowding it was changed from singled cells to double cells. The current maximum capacity is 1495 with an average daily population of 1449. CIF is a level 2/3 (medium security) correctional facility housing adult male offenders.
The facility has a (PEN) facilitated brake refurbishing factory in partnership with the industrial company Meritor, which is the facility’s largest employer. The Correctional Industrial Facility has 5 Apprenticeship Programs where offenders are awarded a certificate from the Federal Department of Labor upon completion of their apprenticeship. DOL Certificates are offered in the following areas: PEN Products, Aramark, ICAN, Physical Plant, CIF Facility and Animal Trainer. The facility also offers various other job opportunities such as maintenance, grounds crew, food service, sanitation and barbering to aid offenders’ in the re entry process.
Offenders are afforded the opportunity to earn their GED through Oakland City University. Oakland City also offers the following vocational programs: Business Technology and Building Maintenance. Also, offenders have the opportunity to participate in facility programs such as PLUS (Purposeful Living Units Serve), which is a faith and character based program aimed at helping offenders avoid criminal behavior by teaching them to demonstrate 5 core values: honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility, compassion and tolerance. Recovery While Incarcerated (RWI) program is an 8-12 month intensive treatment program aimed at treating addiction.
The Correctional Industrial Facility has 4 different facility programs dealing with animals. FIDO (Faith+Inmates+Dogs=Opportunity). This is one of the facility apprenticeship programs and employs approximately 36 offenders. Dogs are paired with an offender and taught basic obedience skills then ready for adoption. ICAN (Indiana Canine Assistance Network) is one of the facility apprenticeship programs where inmates train dogs to become service animals to assist the disabled. 9 Lives Cat Program is an adoption program where cats are placed with offender volunteers until they are adopted. The Saving Max program pairs together volunteer inmates with dogs that have been placed in the Anderson Animal shelter due to their owners currently not being able to care for them. When the owners are able to care for them again they are reunited.