Prison Enterprises - Making a Difference
Prison Enterprises (PE), a division of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, operates a diverse group of industry, agriculture and service programs located at eight correctional facilities throughout Louisiana. Correctional Industries is a unique blend of business and government providing a public service. These industries offer jobs that teach offenders valuable skills, as well as a work ethic and a sense of responsibility; all of which are vital for eventual reentry to society and the security of the institutions. In addition to employing offenders, PE also strives to provide quality products and services to our customers at competitive prices. The trades offenders learn in Prison Enterprises' operations include, but are not limited to: sewing, carpentry, welding, printing, embroidery, silk screening and farming.
A key way to measure the success of what we do is by looking at the recidivism rate, which measures the rate at which offenders repeat criminal behavior once released from prison. The recidivism rate for the men and women who work for Prison Enterprises is lower than the overall recidivism rate. This is significant because when offenders successfully reenter our society, Louisiana becomes economically stronger and our communities are safer.