About us.

Rough Rider Industries (RRI) was established in 1975 as a division of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. We employ incarcerated individuals to produce quality goods and services in a self-sustaining manner while preparing these individuals to successfully reintegrate into society.

Though RRI is a state agency, we are entirely self-funded. We use no tax dollars in our support of North Dakota’s correctional programs. All salaries, equipment, capital improvements, and operating expenses are paid from revenues generated from the sale of our products and services. Our surpluses even help defray the cost of programs within the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.