is a correctional program designed to serve the following
taxpayers' costs for operating the state's prison system and other
public operations. This is done by supplying goods and services
directly to the state prisons and operations.
To reduce disruption and violence by providing prisoners
with lawful and productive activity. This function serves the needs
for control and security but also has economic benefits for the
To provide job training to inmates who someday will be released
back into society. This is not only a humane obligation of society,
but the training also saves tax dollars: a man or woman able to
earn a living through legal means is less likely to commit future
crimes and be returned to prison. Every man or woman who is released
and does not return to prison saves approximately $25,000 per year
in prison operating costs.
To satisfy citizens' expectations and demands that
service of a prison sentence should include aprovision for work
rather than indulgence in idleness.