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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

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Michael D. Crews, Secretary

PRIDE
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Prison Rehabilitative
Industries and Diversified
Enterprises (PRIDE)

Authorized by the Legislature

PRIDE is a state-authorized, private, not-for-profit, internationally recognized inmate training company operating general manufacturing and services facilities in correctional institutions throughout the State of Florida. Since 1981, when the Florida Legislature authorized the company to manage and operate the state’s correctional industries, PRIDE has trained thousands of prison inmates and has provided them with marketable and accredited job skills.

Inmate Workers Generate Revenue

According to PRIDE’s 2008 Annual Report, PRIDE inmates worked over 3.9 million hours producing goods and services.  3,961 inmates worked for PRIDE during the year in 39 diverse industries, farms, and operations located in various correctional institutions across the state. Many of these inmates were trained in modern high technology trades including print and digital information, garments and apparel, furniture manufacturing, vehicle renovation, metal fabrication, as well as dental and optical laboratories.

Statutory Requirements

Florida Statute 946.516 (2) states: “The department shall include, as a portion of its annual report, a report on post release job placement and the rate of subsequent contact with the correctional system for those inmates who have participated in the correctional work programs operated by the corporation and by the department.”

Recommitment Study

According to PRIDE’s 2008 Annual Report, 2008 saw a 21% increase in the number of transition program participants, from 454 to 550.  62% of PRIDE-trained former inmates were placed in jobs. After 6 months, 73% were still employed.  In addition, for 2008, the recidivism rate (return to prison for the commission of a new crime within two years) of former PRIDE inmate workers was 14%.

For more information, please contact:
PRIDE Enterprises
12425 - 28th Street, North, Suite 300
St. Petersburg, Florida 33716
(727) 572-1987
Or visit PRIDE's web site at www.pride-enterprises.org

PRIDE print shop at Calhoun CI.
PRIDE print shop at Calhoun CI.

Pride Programs in FY 2008-2009

Apalachee C.I.

  • Cattle West– (7 inmates) Contracted herd management/beef cattle. Raw crops (corn, sorghum, hay and other cattle feed). Inmate workers are trained in livestock production and farm equipment operation. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Bedding Supplies – (18 inmates) Mattresses, pillows, and covers. Inmate workers are trained to operate sewing machines, perform equipment maintenance, and in warehouse operations. Certified by Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.
  • Warehouse Services – (16 inmates) Defacing and repackaging. Inmate workers are trained in inventory control, warehousing, and shipping and receiving operations. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Avon Park C.I.

  • Sanitary Maintenance & Supplies – (41 inmates) Manufacture and production of chemical products and brooms. Inmate workers are trained in receiving, warehousing and shipping; process manufacturing; and material handling. Certified by Florida A&M University/ Florida State University, College of Engineering. ISO 9001:2000 Certified.
  • Tire Re-Tread – (71 inmates) Inmate workers are trained in all aspects of the tire re-treading process. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Laundry Services– (21 inmates) Inmates monitor and maintain operation of commercial laundry equipment in work release centers throughout the State.

Baker C.I.

  • Paint – (10 inmates) Paint manufacturing. Inmate workers are trained to manufacture and test paint, in inventory control, hazardous material handling, and in forklift and computer operations. Certified by the Rolla Coatings Institute, The University of Missouri.
  • Culinary Arts – (53 inmates) Training in Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts. Certified by the FLDOE and the American Culinary Association. 120 hours classroom and practical training in DC kitchens. Examination for Food Safety for Managers Certification from National Registry  of Food Safety Professionals.

Broward C.I.

  • Optical Lab – (43 inmates) Inmate workers are trained in the manufacture of eyeglasses to prescription. Certified by the Florida Department of Education and Bureau of Apprenticeship.

Calhoun C.I.

  • North Florida Graphics – (131 inmates) Commercial off-set press operations. Inmate workers are trained in printing press operation, desktop publishing, and transactional mailing operations. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Columbia C.I.

  • Culinary Arts – (51 inmates) Training in Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts. Certified by the FLDOE and the American Culinary Association. 120 hours classroom and practical training in DC kitchens. Examination for Food Safety for Managers Certification from National Registry  of Food Safety Professionals.

Cross City C.I.

  • Specialty Graphics – (152 inmates) Ring binder and identification products manufacturing. Inmate workers are trained in silk screen printing and vinyl operations. Certified by the Florida Department of Education and Florida A & M University, Division of Graphic Arts.
  • Sales Support Center – (11 inmates) Inmates function as support to Sales Representatives and the Bid Department and are trained as General Office Clerks and Customer Support Specialists. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Glades C.I.

  • Sugar Cane – (28 inmates) Inmate Workers are trained in the planting, care, and harvesting of sugar cane crops and farm equipment repair and maintenance. Certified by the United States Sugar Corporation.

Hendry C.I.

  • Cattle South – (0 inmate) Farm equipment repair and maintenance. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Citrus – (92 inmates) citrus cultivation operation. Inmate workers are trained in the planting, care, and harvesting of citrus to include irrigation and pest control. Certified by the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Lawtey C.I.

  • Specialty Clothing – (101 inmates) Inmate workers trained to layout and cut fabric, operate sewing machines, and in general office duties. Certified by Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University, ISO 9001-2000 Certified.

Liberty C.I.

  • Digital Services – (97 inmates) Digital information technology industry. Inmate workers trained in computer software, graphical and data conversion processes. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Lowell C.I.

  • Uniforms – (70 inmates) Inmate workers trained in garment construction, sewing and pressing machine operation and maintenance, shipping and receiving. Certified by Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.

Madison C.I.

  • Footwear – (102 inmates) Inmate workers trained in stitching, cutting leather with dies, vulcanizing, and milling rubber, forklift operation, equipment maintenance. Certified by Ro-search, Inc. and Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.

Marion C.I.

  • Garment – (93 inmates) Inmate workers trained in sewing, material cutting, and quality control standards. Certified by Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.
  • Box – (33 inmates) Corrugated box manufacturing. Inmate workers trained in die cutter, band saw, and slotter machine operation. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Cutting & Distribution – (11 inmates) Provides cut patterns to sewn products division industries. Inmate workers trained in pattern and marker making, spreading and cutting of fabric, custom embroidery. Certified by Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.
  • Sewn Products Administration – (8 inmates) Sewn products division administration. Inmate workers trained in administrative and purchasing functions. Certified by Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.

New River C.I.

  • Institutional Products – (111 inmates) Inmate workers trained in sewing, material cutting and quality control. Certified by Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.
  • Forestry – (106 inmates) Sawmill operation. Inmate workers trained in lumber grading, planting and cutting, diesel mechanics, forest management, and heavy equipment operation. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Pinellas WRC

  • Administration-St. Petersburg – (2 inmates). Inmates work in Mission Programs and train as General Office Clerk and Customer Service Specialist. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Finance-St. Petersburg – (4) Inmates are trained as Office Clerks and Accounting Clerks. Certified by Florida Department of Education. This unit also oversees inmates assigned to PRIDE Finance at Lowell.

Polk C.I.

  • Furniture Administration – (12 inmates) Customer service center. Inmate workers trained in resolution skills for customer related issues. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • IT Support Center – (26 inmates) Help desk for internal information technology issues. Inmate workers trained as Help Desk Specialists, and in software development. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Seating and Panel Systems – (136 inmates) Seating and modular office furniture manufacturing and assembly. Inmate workers trained in metal fabrication, wood milling, industrial machinery operation, woodworking and welding, fabric layout, upholstering and assembly, and Computer Aided Design Drafting. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

South Bay Correctional Facility (C.F.)

  • South Florida Graphics – (44 inmates) Forms & letterhead printing industry. Inmate workers trained in desktop-publishing, operation of small and large presses, plate making, and bindery operation. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Sumter C.I.

  • Central Florida Graphics – (147 inmates) Forms & letterhead printing industry. Inmate workers trained in desktop-publishing, operation of small and large presses, plate making, and bindery operation. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Wood Products – (69 inmates) Wood furniture manufacturing. Inmates trained in machining, numerical control programming and operation, assembling, finishing, and shipping. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Tomoka C.I.

  • Heavy Vehicle – (70 inmates) Inmates trained in auto body restoration, vehicle renovation, and heavy vehicle engine repair and maintenance. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Union C.I.

  • Cattle North – (11 inmates) Contracted herd management/ beef cattle. Inmate workers trained in livestock production and farm equipment operation. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Dental Lab – (54 inmates) Inmate workers are trained to fabricate full and partial dentures, crown and bridge restorations, and orthodontic appliances to prescription. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Food Processing – (73 inmates) Meat processing. Inmate workers trained in sanitation, food processing, portion control, and quality control testing. Certified by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The plant is USDA certified and inspected.
  • Metal Products – (137 inmates) Metal products fabrication. Inmate workers are trained as shear operators and repairers, punch and notching press operators, MIG and TIG welders, and grinder/finishers. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Tag/License Plates – (111 inmates) Motor vehicle tag manufacturing. Inmate workers trained as embossing press operators, die cutters, coating machine operators, and machine mechanics. Certified by Florida A&M University/Florida State University, College of Engineering.
  • Technical Services – (4 inmates) Inmates at correctional institutions throughout the State assist PRIDE staff with construction and maintenance of PRIDE facilities.