Prison Industry Enhancement Program (PIECP)

What is PIECP?
The Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program allows Maryland Correctional Enterprises to enter into partnerships and act as a sub-contractor to private industries 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.

Why Partner with Us?
PIECP partnerships mutually benefit private sector businesses and incarcerated individuals. MCE is able to provide business entities with a stable and motivated workforce, reduced overhead costs, and an alternative to offshore manufacturing. Partnering with correctional industries also increases opportunities for incarcerated individuals by providing them with marketable skills to enable them to find employment post-release. Inmates participating in this program earn at least minimum wage and contribute earnings to taxes, room and board, court ordered deductions and victim compensation.

What Skills Can Be Found Within the MCE Workforce?
Our correctional industries workforce has received extensive training that will quickly help them become an asset to your organization. In addition to maintaining and growing a positive work ethic, our workforce has knowledge and experience in the following industries:

  • Assembly
  • CADD
  • Carpentry
  • Fabrication
  • Food Processing
  • Graphics
  • Mailing and Distribution
  • Paint and Powder Coating
  • Sewing
  • Upholstery
  • Welding


Where Can You Learn More?
If you are interested in learning more about our PIECP opportunities, please contact:

Ashley Lohr
Chief Development Officer
410-540-5405
Ashley.lohr@maryland.gov

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