Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises, Inc.

What is the purpose of PRIDE?

Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises, Inc., doing business as PRIDE Enterprises, is an inmate training company operating 37 work training programs located in 19 state correctional facilities in Florida. In addition to vocational work programs that teach job skills and successful job behaviors to inmate workers, PRIDE provides post-release transition services including job referrals and other basic support services that prepare and assist ex-offenders in their successful reintegration into society. PRIDE operates as a not-for-profit corporation, with board oversight, to fulfill four missions defined by Florida statues.

The Legislature has outlined the missions of a correctional work program, in order of priority, which are

  • to provide a joint effort between the Florida Department of Corrections, the correctional work programs, and other vocational training programs to reinforce relevant education, training, and post-release job placement, and help reduce recommitment;
  • to serve the security goals of the state through the reduction of idleness of inmates and the provision of an incentive for good behavior in prison;
  • to reduce the cost of state government by operating enterprises primarily with inmate labor, which enterprises do not seek to unreasonably compete with private enterprise; and
  • to serve the rehabilitative goals of the state by duplicating, as nearly as possible, the operating activities of a free-enterprise type of profit-making enterprise.

What are PRIDE inmate work training programs?

PRIDE operates 37 inmate work training programs that produce products and services such as license plates, sewn products, graphics and printing, dental and optical products, land management, wood and metal products, janitorial products, retread tires, traffic paint, and heavy vehicle renovation. PRIDE employs non-inmate employees to manage and supervise inmate workers.

PRIDE also operates Career Resource Centers (CRC) at each inmate work training program location. Every CRC has a trained inmate clerk to assist other workers with materials about career preparation, resume writing, mock interviews, and the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). PRIDE inmate workers at these locations can utilize the CRC to earn certificates as they master different skills.

Where are PRIDE work training programs located?

Most PRIDE work training programs are located on state prison property and may be inside or outside of the secure perimeter of the prison. Several correctional institutions have multiple industries located on their grounds.

How many inmates participate in PRIDE programs?

In calendar year 2020, PRIDE provided an average of 1,375 workstations for inmate work assignments that trained 2,579 inmates who worked a total of over 2 million hours. The number of inmates who actually work in a year is greater than the number of work stations because more than one inmate may use a work station and there are inmate reassignments and releases during the course of a year. The statistics for 2020 are lower than average due to the effect of COVID-19.

Do inmates earn wages?

The inmates who work in traditional PRIDE work programs earn between 20 cents and 95 cents per hour, depending on their skill level and length of service.

Do inmates pay restitution to victims?

For every $1.00 an inmate earns in a traditional industry, PRIDE voluntarily pays 10 cents on behalf of inmates for victim restitution (for only those who have a court-ordered restitution obligation) and transfers these payments to the Department of Corrections for distribution. In calendar year 2020, PRIDE accrued $48,498 for restitution to crime victims on behalf of PRIDE workers.

How many certificates are awarded to PRIDE inmate workers in a year?

In 2020, 336 PRIDE inmate workers earned training certificates and certifications.  Third-party external training certificates issued to PRIDE workers totaled 353. Third-party external certificates are issued by organizations that provide training in specific skills, including the National Restaurant Association, Microsoft, the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC), and the Electronics Technicians Association.

How does PRIDE help inmate workers after they are released from prison?

Every inmate who has worked for PRIDE for longer than six months is eligible to participate in the PRIDE transition program.  About 2,054 inmates who have worked for PRIDE at some time were released in 2020; 323 inmates participated in the transition program.

PRIDE has two transition specialists who assist the inmates in the PRIDE transition program. When PRIDE inmates are one year to six months from release, a transition specialist meets with them to develop release plans that cover issues such as where to live, what kind of work to do, and what certifications they have or want to earn before release. PRIDE transition specialists assist the inmates in locating full-time positions after they are released. Once ex-offenders have a job, PRIDE transition specialists offer additional workshops and mentor them to help them keep their jobs. In 2020, 85% of PRIDE transition program participants were placed into full-time jobs.

How is PRIDE governed?

PRIDE has a board of directors whose members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. To help PRIDE meet its mission, the Legislature granted it certain privileges. PRIDE is an instrumentality of the state, has sovereign immunity, and is not subject to the authority of any state agency, except the auditing and investigatory powers of the Legislature and the Governor.

What are PRIDE sales?

In calendar year 2020, PRIDE generated $53.5 million in sales. Approximately 38% of PRIDE's sales were to state government entities.

What is the PIE Certification Program?

PRIDE has been authorized by state law to hold the Prison Industry Enhancement (PIE) Certification Program certificate for the State of Florida. The PIE Certification Program is a federal program that exempts departments of corrections at the state and local level from normal restrictions on the sale of prisoner-made goods in interstate commerce. It lifts existing restrictions on certified state and local corrections departments and permits them to sell prisoner-made goods to the federal government in amounts exceeding the $10,000 maximum normally imposed on such transactions.

Inmates assigned to PIE programs have the opportunity to earn wages comparable to those paid by similar businesses located near the prison. Authorized deductions from wages enable inmate workers to pay restitution to victims and to provide support for their families. In 2020, PIE inmate workers contributed $64,139 to the state Crimes Compensation Trust Fund and paid $29,640 toward court-ordered restitution and family support.

How are these activities funded?

PRIDE receives no appropriated funding from the Legislature and depends entirely on the sale of its products and services to financially support the achievement of its statutory missions. PRIDE also has a purchasing preference, requiring state agencies to buy its products when they are of similar quality and price to those offered by outside vendors.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapter 946 Part II, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Jack Edgemon, President, PRIDE Enterprises, 813-324-8700