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Alvin W. Keller Jr.

North Carolina Department of Correction

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Date: Jan. 3, 2011 Phone: 919 -716-3700

New year brings new inmate work and training opportunities
Correction Enterprises expands with four new industries

RALEIGH – Correction Enterprises, the prison industry division of the North Carolina Department of Correction, is adding four new industries in the coming year to increase the work and training opportunities it provides to rehabilitate inmates.  These new ventures add to the 16 industries where Correction Enterprises is already training inmates and providing quality goods and services at a reduced cost to government agencies and other tax-supported entities.

Framing and matting – A framing shop is now operating within the Quick Copy plant at North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh, providing high-quality framing services to government agencies and state employees.  Currently employing four minimum-custody female inmates, the shop plans to employ up to 10 inmates this year.  More information on the framing and matting operation is available at

Braille production – A plant to produce Braille textbooks is taking shape at Scotland Correctional Institution in Laurinburg.  The plant will employ 24 medium-custody male inmates to reproduce textbooks in Braille for the Department of Public Instruction, the Governor Morehead School for the Blind and state universities.   Startup funding for Braille training is provided by a two-year grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission.   

Dental prosthetics – Through the Prison Industry Enhancement (PIE) program, Correction Enterprises has partnered with Dental Quest, a maker of dentures and dental prosthetics, to employ up to 25 inmates at Pamlico Correctional Institution in Bayboro.  In partnership with Pamlico Community College, inmates working here will produce dental prosthetics and be trained and certified as dental technicians.  

Environmentally friendly cleaning products – Another PIE partnership with S-2 Clean, a manufacturer of environmentally friendly cleaning products, will employ 10 inmates at the Janitorial Products Plant in Manson.   This plant is staffed by inmates from neighboring Warren Correctional Institution.

 About Correction Enterprises
Correction Enterprises is a division within the North Carolina Department of Correction that provides the state's inmates with opportunities to learn job skills through on-the-job training opportunities.  Correction Enterprises produces goods and services for the Department of Correction and other tax-supported entities.

No money is appropriated by the General Assembly for its operation, in fact, money is transferred back to the state’s general fund and to the Crime Victims Compensation fund every year.  Correction Enterprises aids in the rehabilitation of inmates by teaching them job skills that are easily transferable to the private sector upon release.

Correction Enterprises consists of 30 separate revenue producing operations located throughout the state, plus administrative offices in Raleigh and a central warehouse in Apex. The Correction Enterprises operation employs approximately 380 staff and 2,100 inmate workers.

About the PIE program
The Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program is a federal program that allows for prison industries to partner with private enterprises to place inmates in a realistic work environments, pay them prevailing wages, and give them a chance to develop marketable skills that will increase their potential for rehabilitation and meaningful employment upon release from incarceration.

Correction Enterprises is proud to be a certificate holder with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance in implementing this program.  More information on PIE is available online at

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