Prison work is the employment activity undertaken by persons subject to freedom-restricting measures. The ultimate goal is to facilitate the prisoners’ reintegration into society. Prison work is remunerated and managed by the Prison Service or by some other kind of private or public-sector business organisation. Prison work involves the production of goods and services, either manually or using specialist machinery in areas resembling a normal factory (manufacturing, furniture, processing of components on a production line, recycling, industrial cleaning, garment production, car mechanics and welding, among others). These goods and services are to be sold or supplied outside the prison, or alternatively for their use inside the institution or public administration, in all cases having an economic value. Prison work may also include vocational training for a particular profession or trade. Latest developments in prison work are amongst others setting up of social enterprises, own label production and business oriented model, including building bridges to private sector to secure employment for prisoners after release. As far as possible, the work provided shall maintain or increase prisoners’ ability to earn a living after release, to contribute to a successful resettlement and to reduce re-offending.
Supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union