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Private Sector Work Program

Iowa's Prison Industries Enhancement (PIE) Program (also known as Private Sector Work Program) allows private businesses to hire incarcerated individuals when the business is unable to find enough qualified civilian employees.

Private businesses utilizing the PIE program supplement their workforce with incarcerated individuals working inside IPI’s shops within Iowa’s correctional facilities. This model offers a great opportunity for a flexible and reliable partnership.

The majority of men and women in Iowa’s prisons are scheduled to be released back into the community. Those working in the PIE program gain valuable work experience and are better equipped to obtain employment after release. The stability provided by steady employment is an essential element of success for formerly incarcerated individuals. The PIE program helps them become active, contributing citizens
once again.

Many companies in Iowa are struggling to hire and retain the employees they need to support their business. The PIE program promotes Iowa's economic development by providing these companies with a reliable and motivated workforce. Under the guidance of the U.S. Bureau of Justice, Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP) and per Iowa Code 904.801 through 904.815, the State of Iowa is certified to provide inmates for private business, providing the business meets state and federal guidelines.

Men and women working in the PIE program gain valuable work experience and are better equipped to obtain employment after release. The PIE program helps them become taxpaying citizens once again.

For more information on this program please download the brochure or contact Tammy Nielsen at 515-669-1954 tammy.nielsen@iowa.gov.