Education and Job Training
Created by Legislature
Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises (PRIDE), Inc., was authorized by the Florida Legislature in 1981 to operate state prison industries. A non-profit corporation, PRIDE annually contributes several million dollars to the state of Florida in the form of inmate compensation, victim restitution, and investment in assets for the state.
41 Industries in 20 Prisons
In FY 95-96, 4,293 inmates trained and worked over 4 million hours in PRIDE's many businesses. The corporation offers over 400 different skill paths to the 2,594 inmates working in PRIDE at 41 industries in 20 different prisons in Florida. Of the $1.6 million PRIDE inmates earned in 1996, $242,758 was contributed to victim restitution. Most of PRIDE's industries (87%) have been certified or recognized by national business or trade associations and accredited institutions.
Preparing for Release
Prior to release, inmate workers received job readiness training and are advised to contact the PRIDE job developers, using a toll-free number provided. Upon release, referrals and job interviews are scheduled for the ex-offenders, with an emphasis on matching the job with job training received at PRIDE. Critical transitional support such as housing, transportation, clothing and tools (if needed) are provided to the ex-offenders.
This year a new methodology was introduced to measure recommitment of PRIDE ex-offenders to Florida state prisons. The recommitment rate is defined as a return to prison or a sentence to community supervision for a new crime occurring within 24 months of the offender's date of release from prison. Past studies have shown that ex-offenders tend to commit new crimes within the first two years after their release.
The baseline chosen was fiscal year 1994, during which 2,512 former PRIDE workers were released from prison. In order to demonstrate the impact of the PRIDE work experience, the criteria narrowed the sample study to 619 ex-offenders who had worked for PRIDE six months or more. Only 78, or 12.6% recommitted within the two year period (1994-1995).
Pride Industries/Operations by InstitutionFY 1995-96
|Institution Where Industry Is Located||Industry Type||Number of Industries||Number of Inmates Employed||Number of Staff|
|Apalachee CI (West Unit)||Aquaculture/Fish Farm*||1||14||3|
|Sanitary Maintenance Supplies||1||23||14|
|Avon Park CI||Tire Remanufacturing||1||41||6|
|Baker CI||Traffic Paint*||1||10||2|
|Cross City CI||Bindery/Decals||1||110||7|
|Florida State Prison||Garment||1||95||4|
|Hendry CI||Beef Cattle*||1||10||1|
|Liberty CI||Computer Services||1||79||4|
|Marion CI||Corrugated Boxes||1||32||3|
|Textile Division Support*||1||7||14|
|Ocala Distribution Center*||1||12||3|
|Martin CI||Key Data Entry||1||35||3|
|Modular Office Furniture||1||57||6|
|Furniture Division Support||1||22||7|
|Tomoka CI||Heavy Vehicle Renovation||1||54||6|
|Union CI||Auto Tags||1||91||6|
|PRIDE Clearwater Office||1||3||95|
|TOTAL INDUSTRIES/ OPERATIONS||50||2,594||343|