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Audit: California prison program illegally spent $1.3M

California Prison Program
Posted at 5:27 PM, Jul 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-27 20:27:37-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Auditors say a California prison program that employs inmates illegally spent $1.3 billion in goods and salaries, including $82,000 worth of artificial turf that so far has gone unused.

Auditors say in their report Tuesday that it amounts to gross misconduct. They are recommending disciplinary action against California Prison Industry Authority employees who authorized the spending. They also recommended disciplinary action against executives they say manipulated state laws to favor at least 10 relatives and friends for jobs and promotions.

The state program relies on inmate labor to produce a range of goods that are sold mostly to state agencies.