Prison Enterprises was created as a division of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections in 1983 by Act 59 of the Louisiana Legislature. Its original stated purpose was to utilize the resources of the department in the production of food, fiber, and other necessary items used by the inmates in order to lower the costs of incarceration, to provide goods to other state agencies, and to provide work opportunities for inmates. Subsequent amendments and reenactments of the law require state agencies to purchase goods and services from Prison Enterprises, if they are available and if their price is less than that of Central Purchasing (State Use Law). Goods and services may also be sold to the governing authorities of parishes, municipalities, and other political subdivisions under the same conditions. All revenues received by Prison Enterprises are self-generated revenues and no direct General Fund revenues are appropriated for the operation of Prison Enterprises.
Prison Enterprises has only one program, Prison Enterprises Program. Therefore the mission and goals of Prison Enterprises are the same as those listed for the program in the program description that follows.
This agency's recommended appropriation includes $423,316 for short-term debt, including Lease Purchase agreements.
This agency does not have any long-term debt for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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