Richard Kanehl

Purchasing Agent, PRIDE Enterprises
Lady Lake, FL, United States

About Richard

Bio

I was a corporate purchasing manager for thirty years with the goal of providing the lowest total cost of supply for a global corporation. In this capacity, I worked with hundreds of companies and provided training on how they could improve their employee performance resulting in lower cost. I am now a corporate purchasing agent with a not for profit corporation providing training and support to inmate in the Florida Dept. Of Corrections. Our corporate success rate is down to only 11 percent of these inmates re-entering the prison system. This program has saved Florida millions of dollars and untold lives from a life of crime.

An idea worth spreading

Prison re-entry can be reduced to 11 percent as shown by the PRIDE program. This program is a not-for-profit private corporation providing core business skills and on the job training related to how real-world private industry operates. The inmates make hundreds of clothing items, furniture, dentures, eyeglasses, and are paid up to $.50 per hour. Some inmates learn office and computer skills. Pride works with Florida employers to find long-term employment when inmates are released from prison and also with the reentry of inmates into civilian life.

This program is saving tens of millions of dollars for the people of the state of Florida by eliminating human suffering as well as the cost of incarceration. In addition it has been a proven success since 1982.

As a former corporate purchasing manager and now a corporate purchasing agent for pride, I can unequivocally attest to the success of the program.

I'm passionate about

Helping to reduce crime by providing OJT and alternative life styles to former criminals. This is through providing experience in successful living and support in transitioning out of prison.

Talk to me about

How to prevent people from re-entering a life of crime and prison

Comments & conversations

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Richard Kanehl
Posted over 1 year ago
Set up a rehabilitation program like PRIDE in Florida which reduces prison reentry down to 11%.
The number of inmates that PRIDE can work with on annual basis is only limited by the orders received from customers and funding generated through the sale of products produced. The catch 22, is that competing in the open market requires pride to be extremely competitive, therefore requiring a certain degree of automation. The automation works against hiring large numbers of inmate employees to manufacture the products needed. The key is to find a balance between your mission statement of rehabilitation against the requirement to maintain a self-sustaining business operation without external funding. Pride must acquire and maintain all equipment, facilities maintenance, hire staff personnel with fringe benefits, fund all marketing and sales cost, along with maintaining outreach programs related to inmate training, career development, and support services after release. In many ways we operate exactly as if we your a private business, except we have far more stringent rules and regulations as required by being a not-for-profit corporation and being classified as a instrument of the state of Florida. The operational concepts employed by PRIDE would work as well in any correctional facility whether or not it was federal, state, municipal government, or private correctional facilities. The overriding problem in setting up a program is trying to operate under the various regulations associated with being a quasi-government agency and competing as a private business. If you would like to know more about the specific details of how the program is run and how it could be adapted to other correctional institutions I would be happy to refer you to a knowledgeable corporate official. I am personally not authorized to act as a official representative for pride but I am simply offering the pride model for consideration of how to successfully structure a rehabilitation program that has exhibited over 32 years of successful operation.
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Richard Kanehl
Posted over 1 year ago
Set up a rehabilitation program like PRIDE in Florida which reduces prison reentry down to 11%.
Yes , you are right. PRIDE can only annually work with about 2500-3000 of the 100,000+ inmates in the Florida State system. This is based on the amount of people needed to manufacture the products needed for contracts we have with the Florida Dept. of Corrections and other customers. The 11% return rate is only for the inmates that complete our program.The entire story of PRIDE is on the PRIDE Enterprises web site.
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Richard Kanehl
Posted over 1 year ago
Set up a rehabilitation program like PRIDE in Florida which reduces prison reentry down to 11%.
A private prison system may be a better way, but it is s unproven, as is the 32yrs. of proven success of the PRIDE system. If given the option of years of testing or going with a proven success, I will always go with the proven success. On the salary issue, I think about the many interns I worked with in private industry, which gave undergraduates a head start towards successful careers. The PRIDE system gives many times the benefits to inmates as compared to the majority of inmates that receive no salary and little or no opportunities to turn their lives around and their future in the free world.
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Richard Kanehl
Posted over 1 year ago
Nalini Nadkarni: Life science in prison
While I agree with her program, there is another program that is showing huge benefits to inmates and society. The Pride program is a not-for-profit private corporation providing core business skills and on the job training related to how real-world private industry operates. The inmates make hundreds of clothing items, furniture, dentures, eyeglasses, and are paid up to $.50 per hour. Some inmates learn office and computer skills. Pride works with Florida employers to find long-term employment when inmates are released from prison and also with the reentry of inmates into civilian life. This program is saving tens of millions of dollars for the people of the state of Florida by eliminating human suffering as well as the cost of incarceration. In addition it has been a proven success since 1982. As a former corporate purchasing manager and now a corporate purchasing agent for pride, I can unequivocally attest to the success of the program.
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Richard Kanehl
Posted over 1 year ago
Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in prison
Another important way to help is to set up a program like Florida's. The Pride program is a not-for-profit private corporation providing core business skills and on the job training related to how real-world private industry operates. The inmates make hundreds of clothing items, furniture, dentures, eyeglasses, and are paid up to $.50 per hour. Some inmates learn office and computer skills. Pride works with Florida employers to find long-term employment when inmates are released from prison and also with the reentry of inmates into civilian life. This program is saving tens of millions of dollars for the people of the state of Florida by eliminating human suffering as well as the cost of incarceration. In addition it has been a proven success since 1982. As a former corporate purchasing manager and now a corporate purchasing agent for pride, I can unequivocally attest to the success of the program. Best Regards, Richard Kanehl
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Richard Kanehl
Posted over 1 year ago
Jeff Smith: Lessons in business ... from prison
The best answer to reducing crime and prison is to develop a program like Florida's. The Pride program is a not-for-profit private corporation providing core business skills and on the job training related to how real-world private industry operates. The inmates make hundreds of clothing items, furniture, dentures, eyeglasses, and are paid up to $.50 per hour. Some inmates learn office and computer skills. Pride works with Florida employers to find long-term employment when inmates are released from prison and also with the reentry of inmates into civilian life. This program is saving tens of millions of dollars for the people of the state of Florida by eliminating human suffering as well as the cost of incarceration. In addition it has been a proven success since 1982. As a former corporate purchasing manager and now a corporate purchasing agent for pride, I can unequivocally attest to the success of the program. Best Regards, Richard Kanehl