Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises, Inc. (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 2012 Annual Report, PRIDE trained 3,723 inmates who worked almost 3.5 million hours in 42 diverse industries, farms, and operations located in 26 correctional institutions. 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.
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 2012 Annual Report, 63% of PRIDE-trained former inmates were placed in relevant jobs. In addition, according to PRIDE's 2010 recidivism study, only 11% of PRIDE's former workers returned to prison.
For more information, please contact:
223 Morrison Road
Brandon, FL 33511