Prison Industry Enhancement
(PIE) Programs help to create partnerships between private sector employers
and juvenile detention facilities in order to help troubled youth receive
job training and employment experience that will help them transition
back into society. TJJD youth who are employed by the industry will receive
the prevailing wage, which they will be required to use for court/victim
restitution, child support, as applicable, and for a savings account.
The goal of the PIE
program is to better prepare juveniles to re-enter society and to become
responsible and self-supportive. It is believed that, with the combination
of academic, vocational and employment programs as well as aftercare support,
youth will become contributing positive members of society and successfully
stay out of the correctional system.
Current PIE Programs
State School & Gulf Coast Trades Center, Inc.
Youth are employed
to produce portable livestock pens, custom specific orders such as picnic
tables, barbecue pits, benches, rocking chairs, and swings.
Partnership: Texas Juvenile Justice Department
& Gulf Coast Trades Center, Inc.
Youth are employed
to assist in building homes for eligible families in the New Waverly,
- Practical work
experience to aid in his/her future job search.
- Learn new trade and improve skills.
- Earn income to be used for continuing education, receive additional training, pay victims
compensation and provide family support.
- Receive exposure to positive work relationships.
- Become productive, contributing members of society.
- Cost Effective Operation
- Gets the Product Out the Door
- Ready Made Workforce
- Court Ordered Compensation
- Productive Citizen
Terms and Conditions of Employment
Terms and conditions of employment of youth should parallel the prevailing practices
of that industry as closely as possible.
Supervision and Quality Control
Supervision of the work youth performs and quality control of the product must be
the responsibility of the cooperating industry. The industry will not
be expected to provide any greater supervision than would be provided
to its employees in an employment situation away from the TJJD facility.
Security remains TJJD's responsibility.
Hosting a PIE Program at a TJJD Facility
The Employment & Training Program Administrator (ETPA) is available to provide
presentations explaining how the program works, the process necessary
to start a prison industry program and the benefits to all parties involved.
To request more information about participating in a PIE program; please
call the ETPA at (512) 424-6269.
How to Become an Industries Program
Becoming an Industries Program for TJJD
- Submit work proposal to TJJD's Employment Training Program Administrator. This proposal should
include detailed job descriptions and skill level expected of youth
to be able to perform duties.
- Employment Training Program Administrator, along with TJJD's legal department, the facility
of choice, and the prospective company will meet to discuss probability
of the submitted work proposal.
- Provide a business plan to the Employment Training Program Administrator. The Employment
Training Program Administrator provides an outline of requirements.
- Once the proposal is determined operable the Employment Training Program Administrator
will began gathering information to meet federal guidelines and submit
information to the State Oversight Authority to request that the prospective
company be designated as a Cost Accounting Center in order to operate
the proposed industry project.
- A meeting is held between facility, Employment Training Program Administrator and prospective
employer to develop plan of operations.
- Develop and finalize a contract between TJJD and prospective employer.
- Begin operation.
- Private Sector Company will submit monthlly reports to P.I.E. Program Coordinator.
- Employment Training Program Administrator will monitor program to ensure it is meeting all