STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF CORREctIONS
OFFICE OF THE INSPECfOR GENERAL
James R. McDonough
Paul C. Decker
September 20, 2007
REVIEW OF ALLEGATIONS RELATED TO PRISON INDUSTRIES
PROGRAM, REPORT NUMBER R06020
The attached report presents
the Bureau of lnternal_ Audit's review in response to
allegations of improprieties
involving Florida's participation
in the federal "Prison
Industries Enhancement Certification Program" (PlECP).
The April 2006 allegations leading to this review were submitted by a former inmate
who served time with Florida Department of Corrections (DC). The complaint stated
four main allegations:
1. PRIDE generally has failed to provide prevailing wages or workers' compensation
coverage to inmates working in the PlECP program. The payment of less-than
prevailing wages in turn reduced the amount paid to DC for "room and board"
2. PRIDE entered -into a PlECP-authorized partnership with ATL Industries of
Atlanta in 2002 for the purpose of processing meat products.
on this contract were paid substantially less than the required prevailing wages.
3· PRIDE failed to pay prevailing wages to inmates working on its sign production
contract with Century Graphics of Orlando.
4· PRIDE produced auto license tags for shipment to Liberia in 2004, using inmates
at Union CI who were not paid PIECP-required wages..
With few exceptions, all four allegations were unsupported by evidence.
Should you have any questions or comments related to the report, please contact me or
Donald L. Miller, Chief Internal Auditor.
Richard Prudom, Chief of Staff
Kathleen Von Hoene, General Counsel
George Sapp, Assistant Secretary of Institutions
Millie Seay, Director of Administration
.We conducted this review in response to allegations of improprieties involving Florida's
in the federal "Prison Industries Enhancement Certification Program"
PIECP was created by