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Performance Audit of the Prison Industries Program Administered by Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises, Inc. , Report No. 12228, January 1994

  • In fiscal year 1991-92, sales of PRIDE's products and services declined for the first time in PRIDE's history, thereby impeding PRIDE's ability to work more inmates and diminishing PRIDE's effectiveness at reducing inmate idleness. Unless PRIDE's sales increase substantially in the future, PRIDE will play a diminished role in reducing inmate idleness within a growing prison system. We identified two primary impediments to PRIDE's ability to develop new industries. First, PRIDE's guidelines prohibit its expansion into industries where Florida-based businesses already exist. Second, PRIDE needs to have sufficient capital to fund expansion into a new industry.
  • Available data from PRIDE indicate that PRIDE's training and post-release job placement efforts have benefited a number of PRIDE inmate workers. However, we could not definitively conclude that PRIDE had made a positive impact on reducing recommitment rates since. PRIDE has not tracked the recommitment data for a sufficient time to provide reliable information; PRIDE does not collect specific data that could provide better information on the impact of its training efforts on obtaining post-release job placement and reducing recommitment; and PRIDE recommitment data does not include comparison populations.
  • PRIDE annual reports contain insufficient information to enable the Legislature to evaluate PRIDE's performance in meeting its statutory missions.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises, Inc.

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-67 Progress Report: PRIDE Is Tightening Its Business Practices But Needs Greater Transparency, published in October 2006.
  • Report No. 03-68 Special Report: PRIDE Benefits the State But Needs to Improve Transparency in Operations, published in December 2003.

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