I wanted to respond to comments asking about what I was charged for, and the charge was theft and I got three years. I was ordered to pay $94,000 restitution and it has been paid in full. I was originally charged in May of 2005.
To respond to another comment asking what a lay in is? It actually has two definitions here. The first is the slip of paper that is handed out each evening to an inmate that details an activity for them to attend the next day. For example, when th eguards show up at about 7 pm each evening we, as the inmates, say "The guard is here to pass out lay ins." The second definition is a synonym for appointment or scheduled event. For example, I received notice that I need to go to the education department tomorrow at 9 am. Therefore, I will leave my job at 8:55 in order to get to my 9 am education lay in.
To address another question, if you don't show up for work, the worst thing that could happen would be to receive a "major" case and get moved to a segregated cell. Then you lose commissary, visitation and recreation privileges. Or often even get shipped off to a less desirable prison unit. I think the warden has unlimited discretion when dealing with discipline problems.
Now would all this really happen? Almost certainly not. Attendance is not taken at my particular job. If I wasn't needed on the day I was missing then no one would probably even be aware. If they did need me and I wasn't there then they would just page me in my form and I would go in. I think most of the other jobs around here have more of a direct supervisor than mine has, so my situation is probably somewhat unique. My co-worker took the day off yesterday and I covered for him which was no big deal. Personally, I will never take a day off..just in case.