Calif. bill allows inmates to pursue firefighting careers after release

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Friday to expunge the records of nonviolent offenders who have fought fires for the state while in prison, allowing them to pursue careers as firefighters and first responders once released. California law previously compelled emergency service agencies to deny certification to anyone convicted of two or more felonies, on parole, or who has committed a felony within the last decade.

“(This bill) will help give people opportunity and…

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