Thousands of felons are on the front lines of California’s forest fires

Grist: Here`s a kind of crazy stat: Between 30 and 40 percent of California`s forest firefighters are state prison inmates. The state has become a tinderbox of sorts from a four-year drought, and roughly 4,000 low-level felons are on the front lines of the state`s active fires. Here`s what`s going on: Why are prisoners fighting fires? For years, California`s prison system has operated a number of "conservation camps," in which low-level felons in the state prison system volunteer to do manual labor outside,......

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