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Progress Report: PRIDE Is Tightening Its Business Practices but Needs Greater Transparency, Report No. 06-67, October 2006
 
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  • PRIDE has increased its sales over the past three years and has improved its product quality.  PRIDE has had limited success expanding state government and private sector sales, but has increased sales to local governments and nonprofit organizations.  However, due to the growth in the inmate population, the percentage of inmates that PRIDE employs has remained relatively low at 2.5% of the inmate population. 
  • PRIDE has severed relationships with its affiliate and subsidiary companies. However, PRIDE has suffered losses of nearly $19 million owed by these former affiliated businesses.  PRIDE has since added internal risk assessment measures to better control the risk of new business ventures.  
  • To ensure transparency of PRIDE’s operations, the Legislature should consider revising s. 946.516, Florida Statutes, to require that PRIDE submit an annual internal control report that adheres to national internal audit standards.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 03-68 Special Report: PRIDE Benefits the State But Needs to Improve Transparency in Operations, published in December 2003.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises, Inc.

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 00-23 Review of the Department of Corrections, published in December 2000.
  • Report No. 97-51 Follow-up Report on the Inmate Idleness Reduction Activities Administered by the Department of Corrections, published in February 1998.
  • Report No. 95-27 Policy Review of Inmate Idleness Reduction Activities, published in January 1996.
  • Report No. 12228 Performance Audit of the Prison Industries Program, published in January 1994.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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