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Michael D. Crews, Secretary

PRIDE
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Prison Rehabilitative
Industries and Diversified
Enterprises, Inc. (PRIDE)

Authorized by the Legislature

Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises, Inc. (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 2010 Annual Report, PRIDE inmates worked over 3.5 million hours producing goods and services. An average of more than 2,200 inmates worked in PRIDE work programs daily. 3,992 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.

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 2010 Annual Report, PRIDE provided transition services to and job placement to 700 participants. 69% of PRIDE-trained former inmates were placed in jobs. After 6 months, 70% were still employed. In addition, according to PRIDE's recidivism study, only 13.5% of PRIDE's former workers returned to prison in the two years following release from prison ( 2008 data).

For more information, please contact:
PRIDE Enterprises
9400 - 4th Street, North, Suite 200
St. Petersburg, Florida 33702
(727) 576-3300
FAX: (727) 570-3366
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 2009-2010 (fiscal year ended 12/31/10)

Apalachee C.I.

  • Cattle West – (6 inmates) Contracted herd management/ beef cattle. Inmate workers trained in livestock production and farm equipment operation. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Bedding Supplies – (16 inmates) Mattresses, pillows, and covers. Inmate workers are trained to operate sewing machines, perform equipment maintenance, and in warehouse operations. Inmates provide fulfillment services for Fish and Game and some distributed products. Certified by Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.
  • Warehouse Services – (15 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 – (42 inmates) Manufacture and production of chemical products and brooms. Inmate workers are trained in ISO quality and production control processes, computer use, receiving, shipping, and warehousing. 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 – (13 inmates) Inmates monitor and maintain operation of commercial laundry equipment in work release centers throughout the State.
  • Kitchen Services – (19 inmates) Under the supervision of PRIDE service technicians, inmates assigned to Kitchen Services operate and maintain commercial dishwashing equipment. They learn the functions and operations of the dispensers- dish machine and sink-mate, assemble and dis-assemble the dish machine- learn proper loading of the machine, learn Sanitation and the purpose of the cleaning chemicals, and how the machine and dispensers work in unison.

Baker C.I.

  • Paint – (9 inmates) Paint manufacturing. Inmate workers are trained in paint production, quality control/ testing procedures, inventory and production control processes, hazardous material handling, forklift operation and computer use. Certified by the Rolla Coatings Institute, The University of Missouri.
  • Culinary Arts – (45 inmates) Training in Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts. Certified by the FLDOE and the American Culinary Federation. 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 – (48 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 – (120 inmates) Commercial off-set and book printing operations. Inmate workers are trained in printing press operation, desktop publishing, book binding, and transactional mailing operations. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Columbia C.I.

  • Culinary Arts – (42 inmates) Training in Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts. Certified by the FLDOE and the American Culinary Federation. 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, advertising and identification products manufacturing. Inmate workers are trained in silk screen printing, wide format printing, and vinyl and paper operations. Certified by the Florida Department of Education and Florida A & M University, Division of Graphic Arts.
  • Sales Support Center – (16 inmates) Inmates function as support to customers, sales representatives and the Bid Department and are trained as general office clerks and customer support specialists. Inmates also design collateral materials and are trained as design specialists. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Demilly C.I.

  • Culinary Arts–(56 inmates) Training in Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts. Certified by the FLDOE and the American Culinary Federation. 120 hours classroom and practical training in DC kitchens.
    Examination for Food Safety for Managers Certification from National Registry of Food Safety Professionals.

Glades C.I.

  • Sugar Cane – (31 inmates) Sugar cane cultivation operation. 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) Contracted herd management/ beef cattle. Inmate workers trained in livestock production and farm equipment operation. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Citrus – (66 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.

Hernando C.I.

  • Culinary Arts – (39 inmates) Training in Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts. Certified by the FLDOE and the American Culinary Federation. 120 hours classroom and practical training in DC kitchens. Examination for Food Safety for Managers Certification from National Registry of Food Safety Professionals.

Liberty C.I.

  • Digital Services – (75 inmates) Digital information and document capture technology industry. Inmate workers trained in computer software, graphical and data Conversion processes. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Lowell C.I.

  • Uniforms – (79 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 – (104 inmates) Inmate workers trained in stitching, cutting leather with dies, vulcanizing, and milling rubber, forklift operation, equipment maintenance. Inmate workers are also trained in garment construction, sewing, cutting, quality inspection, shipping and receiving. Certified by Ro-Search, Inc. and Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.

Marion C.I.

  • Garment – (119 inmates) Inmate workers trained in sewing, material cutting, quality control standards and shipping and receiving. Certified by Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.
  • Box – (30 inmates) Box manufacturing. Inmate workers trained in die cutter, band saw, slotter and glue machine operation. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Cutting & Distribution – (18 inmates) Provides cut patterns to sewn products division industries. Inmate workers trained in pattern and marker making, spreading and cutting of fabric, custom embroidery (including digitizing) textile screen printing and shipping and receiving. Certified by Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.
  • Sewn Products Administration – (7 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 – (102 inmates) Inmate workers trained in sewing, material cutting, quality control and shipping and receiving. Certified by Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.
  • Lumber Products – (88 inmates) Sawmill lumber and park furniture manufacturing. Inmate workers are trained in production processes, inventory control, quality assurance, lumber grading, diesel mechanics, heavy equipment operation, office administration and use of woodshop tools/equipment. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Land Management – (3 inmates)Manage 15,000 acres of natural and planted pine forest. Produces logs for use at PRIDE saw mill. Inmates are trained in tree planting and young tree care, light and heavy equipment operation, maintenance and repair. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Pinellas WRC

  • Administration-St. Petersburg – (3 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- (2) Inmates are trained as office clerks and accounting clerks. Certified by Florida Department of Education

Polk C.I.

  • Furniture Administration – (10 inmates) Customer service center. Inmate workers receive extensive product knowledge training and are taught resolution skills for customer related issues. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • IT Support Center – (17 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 – (122 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.
  • Kitchen Services – (13 inmates) Under the supervision of PRIDE service technicians, inmates assigned to Kitchen Services operate and maintain commercial dishwashing equipment. They learn the functions and operations of the dispensers- dish machine and sink-mate, assemble and dis-assemble the dish machine- learn proper loading of the machine, learn Sanitation and the purpose of the cleaning chemicals, and how the machine and dispensers work in unison.

South Bay Correctional Facility (C.F.)

  • South Florida Graphics – (36 inmates) Commercial off-set and collateral printing operations. 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 – (141 inmates) Forms, letterhead, and business card printing industry. Inmate workers trained in desktop-publishing, operation of small and large presses, plate making, and bindery operations. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Wood Products – (56 inmates) Wood furniture manufacturing. Inmates trained in machining, computerized CADD design, program and operate CNC machines, numerical control operation, close tolerance precision wood manufacturing, cam lock and dowel assembly, conversion varnish finishing. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Tomoka C.I.

  • Heavy Vehicle – (39 inmates) Inmates trained in heavy vehicle body repair, painting, welding/fabrication, electrical, cabinetry, plumbing, and other disciplines required for base vehicle conversion. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.

Union C.I.

  • Cattle North – (10 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 – (53 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 – (95 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 – (133 inmates) Metal products fabrication. Inmate workers are trained as shear operators , punch and notching press operators, MIG and TIG welders, grinder/finishers, Solid Works design drafting, maintenance, forklift operation, powder coat finishing and administrative clerical operations. Certified by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Tag/License Plates – (91 inmates) Motor vehicle tag manufacturing. Inmate workers trained as embossing press operators, die cutters, coating machine operators, machine mechanics, production and quality control processes, forklift operation, inventory control, and office administrative processes Certified by Florida A&M University/Florida State University, College of Engineering.
  • Technical Services – (1 inmate) Inmates at correctional institutions throughout the State assist PRIDE staff with construction and maintenance of PRIDE facilities.