California Removes Barriers For Formerly Incarcerated To Become Firefighters

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday making it easier for formerly incarcerated people who served on inmate firefighting squads to turn that experience into a career when they’re freed from prison.

His approval of the measure comes after more than 2 million acres have burned across the state, overwhelming the state’s emergency responders and underscoring the need for more firefighters.

But there’s a whole pool of already trained candidates that the state hasn’t been able…

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