(Tracy, CA) Milk from the Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) dairy in Tracy, operated by the Prison Industry Authority (PIA), won four gold awards and one silver award last week in the annual dairy products competition at the 2003 L.A. County Fair in Pomona. This is the third consecutive year the prison dairy has received awards for milk quality at the fair.
The DVI dairy received gold medals in the following categories: Grade A Pasteurized Milk, Grade A Pasteurized 2% Reduced Fat Milk, Grade A Pasteurized 1% Lowfat Milk, and Nonfat/Fat Free Milk. The dairy also received a silver award for their Grade A Flavored Reduced Fat Milk.
"These awards acknowledge the outstanding work of our staff and inmates who provide a high quality product for our customers," said PIA's acting General Manager Bob Martinez. “Inmates who work in our dairies gain valuable experience which can be useful in obtaining employment after their release."
DVI's dairy ships 120,000 gallons of product every month to the California Department of Corrections and Youth Authority facilities, State hospitals, and the State Veteran's Home.
PIA operates a total of three dairies that employ more than 300 inmates who milk approximately 2,000 cows twice daily, producing over 400,000 gallons of milk per month. Dairies are also located in prisons at Soledad and Corcoran.
PIA is the State organization that provides productive job assignments for inmates in California's correctional institutions. PIA products and services are available to governmental entities, including federal, state, and local governmental agencies. Inmate work assignments help reduce idleness, decrease violence, and improve inmate work habits and job skills. Court-ordered restitution/fines are deducted, from the wages earned by PIA inmates, and transferred to the Crime Victims' Restitution Fund. rc=http://ww