Proposed California law would make it easier for former inmate firefighters to turn pro

OAKLAND, Calif.—Among the thousands of firefighters battling the wildfires scorching the state are volunteer inmates who work alongside them in the smoke and heat.

Yet the men and women prisoners who throw themselves in danger to help save lives and property often find it impossible to put their firefighting skills to use after their release, even in a state desperate for such labor.

This decades-old system would undergo a significant change if Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a proposed bill, AB…

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