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Violent Inmates to Fight Fires


Last updated 10/13/2015 at 10:10am

Inmates with violent backgrounds are now being considered by California officials to fight wildfires.

The state’s inmate fire-fighting unit provides assistance to professional firefighters. Their membership is down from previous years, causing prison officials to search for more recruits.

At this time, only minimum-security inmates with no history of violent crimes are allowed in the program. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation now proposes adding inmates convicted of violent offenses. The proposal has come at a time when the prison population is smaller due to court orders reducing prison overcrowding. California has been keeping thousands of lower-level offenders in county jails, which leaves a higher percentage of violent and serious criminals in state prisons.

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