About Correction Enterprises
Working within the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Correction Enterprises provides the state's inmates with opportunities to learn job skills by producing goods and services for the Department of Public Safety and other tax-supported entities.
No money is appropriated by the General Assembly for the operation of Correction Enterprises. This organization 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 Enterprises operation employs approximately 380 staff and 2100 inmate workers.
It is the intent of North Carolina Correction Enterprises to provide the highest quality goods and services to its customers at competitive prices.
It is through the vigilance of each Enterprises employee and the constructive feedback from Enterprises customers that products and services continuously improve.
G.S. § 148-128 Authorization for Correction Enterprises The Division of Correction Enterprises is established as a division of the Department of Correction. The Division of Correction Enterprises may develop and operate industrial, agricultural, and service enterprises that employ incarcerated offenders in an effort to provide them with meaningful work experiences and rehabilitative opportunities that will increase their employability upon release from prison. Enterprises operated under this Article shall be known as "Correction Enterprises." (2007-280, s. 1.)
Correction Enterprises shall serve all of the following purposes to:
- Provide incarcerated offenders a work and training environment that emulates private industry.
- Provide incarcerated offenders with training opportunities that allow them to increase work skills and employability upon release from prison.
- Provide quality goods and services.
- Aid victims by contributing a portion of its proceeds to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund.
- Generate sufficient funds from the sale of goods and services to be a self-supporting operation. (2007-280, s. 1.)
The Division of Correction Enterprises is empowered and authorized to market and sell products and services produced by Correction Enterprises to any of the following entities:
- Any public agency or institution owned, managed, or controlled by the State.
- Any county, city, or town in this State.
- Any federal, state, or local public agency or institution in any other state of the union.
- An entity or organization that has tax-exempt status pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and also receives local, state, or federal grant funding.
- (Effective until July 1, 2012) Any current employee or retiree of the State of North Carolina or of a unit of local government of this State, verified through State-issued identification, or through proof of retirement status, but purchases by a State or local governmental employee or retiree may not exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) during any calendar year. Products purchased by State and local governmental employees and retirees under this section may not be resold.
- (Effective July 1, 2012) or retiree or of a unit of local government of this State, or through proof of retirement status by a State or local governmental employee or retiree Products purchased by State and local governmental employees and retirees under this section may not be resold. (2007-280, s. 1; 2009-451, s. 19.16.)
G.S. § 148-134 Preference for Department of Correction Products All departments, institutions, and agencies of this State that are supported in whole or in part by the State shall give preference to Correction Enterprises products in purchasing articles, products, and commodities that these departments, institutions, and agencies require and that are manufactured or produced within the State prison system and offered for sale to them by Correction Enterprises. No article or commodity available from Correction Enterprises shall be purchased by any State department, institution, or agency from any other source unless the prison product does not meet the standard specifications and the reasonable requirements of the department, institution, or agency as determined by the Secretary of Administration or the requisition cannot be complied with because of an insufficient supply of the articles or commodities required. The provisions of Article 3 of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes respecting contracting for the purchase of all supplies, materials, and equipment required by the State government or any of its departments, institutions, or agencies under competitive bidding shall not apply to articles or commodities available from Correction Enterprises. The Division of Correction Enterprises shall be required to keep the price of such articles or commodities substantially in accord with that paid by governmental agencies for similar articles and commodities of equivalent quality. (2007-280, s. 1.)