Western fires outpace California effort to fill inmate crews
Last updated 8/24/2022 at 5:51pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - As wildfires rage across California each year, exhausted firefighters call for reinforcements from wherever they can get them - even as far as Australia.
Yet one homegrown resource is rarely used: thousands of experienced firefighters who earned their chops in prison. Two state programs designed to get more former inmate firefighters hired professionally have barely made a dent, according to an Associated Press review, with one $30 million effort netting jobs for just over 100 firefighters, little more than one-third of the inmates e...