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The state run TRICOR was designed by the State of Tennessee as a means to reduce the cost of
prison operations. It does so by producing the same, or as close as possible, product as those that are
produced by companies in the "free world". The basic principle of TRICOR was that it would use
inmate labor to produce these services and/or products to the outside world at a reduced cost whole a
the same time making a large profit and reducing the cost of prisons. I spoke to the director of
TRICOR recently and he said that in 1998, TRICOR made upwards of $11 million off of it's inmate
labor run industries. Some funds are used for the maintenance of the existing equipment that TRICOR
has, as well as the procurement of new materials that are needed to keep it's business going.

TRICOR also helps inmates obtain jobs only after they are released from prison. Although I
personally only know of two people, I am sure that there must be more out there somewhere. Anyway,
the idea is a sound one. We like the idea of helping an inmate get a job after his release. We only wish
that TRICOR could do a little more for the people while they are in the prison system. Maybe they
could find a way to give an inmate more training while he is still in prison. I think that if TRICOR is
making around $11 million a year, then surely they could give a little of that back in training programs. Is
that too much to ask?

If you would like to find out more about TRICOR from a spokesperson, why not try contacting the
Division of Inmate Programs at (615) 741-5705 or 1-800-958-7426.

Listed below are from TRICOR.
The UNFORGIVEN | The Lost Boy and The Accomplice | Healthcare | Tennessee
Public Records Act
| Visitation | TRICOR | Inmate Grievance Procedure | Prison
| Furloughs | Community Services | Classification, Time Assessment and
Sentence Reduction Credits
| Outside Organizations | The Telephone System | The Parole
| Legal Issues By Tennessee Inmates | Inmate Art | Inmates Speak Out | LINKS |
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