why buy from MCE

Economic Impact

Maryland Correctional Enterprises total positive economic impact on the Maryland economy was in excess of $68.3 million for FY19, based on salaries, wages and purchase of private sector goods and services.

Recidivism Rates

Maryland Correctional Enterprises provides individuals with much needed work skills and work ethics. Previous studies comparing MCE program participants the the DPSCS general population individuals suggest that MCE has a positive impact on reducing recidivism. In fact, studies across the nation continue to show that correctional industries have a positive effect on reducing states' recidivism rates. 

Continuing Allocation of Re-Entry Services (C.A.R.E.S.)

This program provides a continuum of care to Maryland Correctional Enterprises program participants combining structured training and employment, education, substance abuse treatment, and reentry services in order to continue to reduce rates of recidivism. The MCE CARES program will provide a formula for greater rehabilitative effort and collaboration resulting in reduced rates of recidivism and an increased quality of life for offenders returning home. For additional information on this program, please contact the Director of Reentry Services at 410-540-5400.

Prison Industry Enhancement Program (P.I.E.C.P.)

Prison Industry Enhancement allows Maryland Correctional Enterprises to enter into partnerships and be a sub-contractor to private industry by producing goods and/or services using inmate labor as permitted by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance Act (P.L. 98-473, /sec, 819). The Crime Control Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-647) authorized continuation of the program indefinitely.

Benefits to the private sector include a stable and motivated work force, reduced overhead, production availability, an alternative to "off-shore" operations, and a label affixed to the product which can state "made in the USA."

The P.I.E.C.P. Certification Program has two primary objectives:

   - To generate products and services that enable individuals to make a contribution to society, help offset the cost of their incarceration, compensate crime victims and provide family support.

   - To provide a means of reducing prison idleness, increasing individual's job skills, and improving the prospects for successful individuals to transition to the community upon release.

While program participants under the P.I.E.C.P. program must be paid at least the Federal Minimum Wage, deductions are allowed from the program participants' wages for taxes, room and board, contributions to a victims' compensation program, and family support. .


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