Had dinner with a friend, and said friend's son was also there. The son is a young (30 year old) prison guard in the California Correctional system.

Some of what he said:

1) A recent layoff came through; he was surprised to have survived it. Quite a number of more senior guards were laid off.
2) The guards had agreed with the local Sheriff to take a pay cut in return for preserving jobs, but apparently (in his view) the Sheriff went back on the agreement
3) The cuts were pretty extensive: 3 entire wings are now empty (didn't ask how many total)
4) Despite cutting the 3 wings (due to staffing), prisoner release for medium security has been increased in order to make room for more minimum security
5) The prison is apparently a net budget contributor; the surplus is being siphoned off elsewhere in the police budget