When I worked at the Power House, there was an inmate named Donny. Donny taught me what he knew about working in the sewers and working around the Power House, along with another inmate who got me the job. However, the COs at the Power House didn’t like him because they knew he was lazy. In fact, Donny slowed me we could hang out at in the camp so we wouldn’t get in trouble and still get paid. I didn’t want to focus hang around the camp because I really wanted to learn as much about HVAC as possible. If I wasn’t going to learn HVAC then I wanted to be in the library writing. So when Donny drove around to do his thing, I went back to the Power House to learn more about HVAC and to help other inmates.
My work ethic and proof of my high diploma got me a raise from $0.12 an hour (which was a grade four or also called number four) to $0.17 an hour (which was a grade three or number three). Donny had congratulated me; however, I heard rumors that he was upset that I got a raise in less time than he did. Shortly after that, Donny’s work effects worsen, even to a point where he had no call, no shows, which could have gotten him sent to the hole. Suddenly, an inmate who was a number 2, quit, which meant there was possibility that someone at the Power House could get $0.24 an hour. Donny thought it was going to be him because he felt he was there the longest and worked the hardest. The COs promoted me.
With in a few days, Danny quit the Power House. In order for him to quit, he had to ask the COs at Power House for permission, get the CO’s permission from where he want to start his employment, and then have the camp counselor sign off on it. By switching jobs, Donny made grade four pay, $0.12 an hour. A few weeks, he asked for a transfer to a new prison camp.