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Second Chance for Inmate Firefighters

On Sept. 11, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that allows prisoners who help fight the California wildfires to request a record expungement so they can get firefighting jobs after release. Although people convicted of violent felonies or sex crimes are not eligible, others can work in one of 44 conservation camps around the state, earning $2 to $5 per day, plus an additional dollar per hour when actively fighting fires. Prison Fellowship is pushing for the state to lift the ban on other occupational licenses for prisoners, as well.

 

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