Approximately 4,000 inmate firefighters are manning the front lines against California's raging wildfires. Inmates in Cal Fire's program are risking their lives to work 24-hour shifts to save drought-stricken California while earning less than five dollars an hour and reduced time on their sentence. Jessica Koscielniak McClatchy
Approximately 4,000 inmate firefighters are manning the front lines against California's raging wildfires. Inmates in Cal Fire's program are risking their lives to work 24-hour shifts to save drought-stricken California while earning less than five dollars an hour and reduced time on their sentence. Jessica Koscielniak McClatchy

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A candidate for lieutenant governor says inmate firefighters are slave labor. Is she right?

September 20, 2017 12:00 PM