Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises, Inc. (PRIDE) plays a vital role in the Department's re-entry efforts by providing inmates with hands-on job training and instilling in them a solid work ethic. PRIDE inmates are paid for their work and PRIDE contributes payment to their victim restitution obligations.
Each year PRIDE trains and employs more than 4,000 inmates at 29 institutions in 41 diverse work programs. These programs range from farm worker to dental lab technician.
Partnering with PRIDE helps us reduce recidivism by giving inmates the opportunity to learn new skills and gain real world work experience prior to re-entering society. This partnership between PRIDE and the Department exemplifies our commitment to making inmates more employable and therefore more likely to stay out of prison upon release.
In FY1011, 69% of PRIDE-trained inmates were placed in relevant jobs upon release from prison. Only 13.5% of PRIDE's former workers returned to prison within two years of release.