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Department of Corrections going green with newest prisoner job: Sorting, recycling clothes hangers
By thenevadaindependent.com- Trey Arline
Published: 08/14/2019

The Nevada Department of Corrections’ Silver State Industries program has partnered with Sewing Collection Inc. (SCI) to offer inmates a new job opportunity — sorting clothes hangers by size and type and reboxing them.

During the first week of operation, 16 inmates at High Desert State Prison sorted, cleaned, and repackaged 2,400 hangers, earning a wage based on productivity. Production is eventually expected to ramp up to 9,000 hangers per week.

NDOC Director James Dzurenda said in a press release on Tuesday that he hopes the partnership provides low-risk inmates work skills that reduce the likelihood they will commit crimes after leaving prison.

“Silver State Industries does this by involving inmates in everything from clothing manufacturing and woodworking to horse gentling and printing,” Dzurenda said. “Partnering with Sewing Collection Inc. and adding this work to NDOC’s repertoire is a natural expansion.”

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