If the Governor is serious about cutting wasteful spending by CDCR, a brilliant plan (which 30 years of wasteful ‘directors’ have rejected) is the Inmates’ Award Program which would pay inmates for successful cost/labor saving suggestions.
The Merit Award Program only pays staff, who are usually the source of the waste in the first place.
You know it’s never going to be evaluated or implemented when you propose health, safety, hygiene or efficiency suggestions. “Denied, denied, denied, denied, go to court.” That’s the four levels of the (now obsolete) 602 system.
There are suggestions to save millions of dollars, without any effect on “security”, but ‘brass’ won’t listen – it would be career suicide to pay any inmate for fixing a problem the ‘brass’ have tolerated, for decades. It’s an admission of incompetence to do so