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.
According to PRIDE's 2009 Annual Report, PRIDE inmates worked over 3.7 million hours producing goods and services. 4,140 inmates worked for PRIDE during the year in 41 diverse industries, farms, and operations located in 29 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, and dental and optical laboratories.
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."
According to PRIDE's 2009 Annual Report, there was an 18% increase from the previous year in the number of transition program participants, from 550 to 650. 57% of PRIDE-trained former inmates were placed in jobs. After 6 months, 71% were still employed. In addition, according to PRIDE's 2009 recidivism study, only 14% of PRIDE's former workers returned to prison in the two years following release from prison.
For more information, please contact:
12425 - 28th Street, North, Suite 300
St. Petersburg, Florida 33716
Or visit PRIDE's web site at www.pride-enterprises.org
|PRIDE print shop at Calhoun CI.|
Avon Park C.I.
Cross City C.I.
New River C.I.
South Bay Correctional Facility (C.F.)