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Private Sector Work Program

Iowa's PIE program allows private businesses to hire incarcerated individuals when the business is unable to find enough qualified civilian employees. Minimum security offenders can work at your facility alongside your civilian employees or, in some cases, inside the correctional facility.

More than 90% of the men and women in our state prisons are scheduled to be released back into our communities. The PIE program reduces the number of offenders that commit new crimes after they've been released - it makes Iowa a safer place.

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.

The private employer provides all training and in many cases have offered jobs to the offenders upon release.

For more information on this program please download the brochure or contact Dan Clark at 515-822-8920 or dan.clark@iowa.gov.