Prison Industry Enhancement Program (PIE)

Prison Industry Enhancement Program (PIE)

Prison Industry Enhancement allows Maryland Correctional Enterprises to enter into partnerships and be a sub-contractor to private industry by producing goods and/or services using inmate labor as permitted by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance Act (P.L. 98-473, /sec, 819). The Crime Control Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-647) authorized continuation of the program indefinitely.

Benefits to the private sector include a stable and motivated work force, reduced overhead, production availability, an alternative to "off-shore" operations, and a label affixed to the product which can state "made in the USA."

The P.I.E. Certification Program has two primary objectives:

   - To generate products and services that enable offenders to make a contribution to society, help offset the cost of their incarceration, compensate crime victims and provide inmate family support.
   - To provide a means of reducing prison idleness, increasing inmate job skills, and improving the prospects for successful inmate transition to the community upon release.

While inmates under the PIE program must be paid at least the Federal Minimum Wage, deductions are allowed from the inmates' wages for taxes, room and board, contributions to a victims' compensation program, and family support. 

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