Prisoners as firefighters?
August 29, 2013 12:13 AM Subscribe
I am looking for information on how the California Department of Corrections' use of prisoners to fight fires works.
posted by frimble to law & government (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I was reading about the Station Fire
, and the phrase "...fire inmate hand crew camp (jointly operated by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and California Department of Corrections)..." jumped out at me. I followed the one live reference
in Wikipedia, and Googled a bit, finding a bit of news
, but I'm ultimately unsure how the program works.
Does the program actually serve to provide prisoners with work skills or some form of rehabilitation, or is it only a source of nearly-free labour?
Is this a common thing that I just haven't heard of, or is it generally restricted to California?