California clears way for inmate firefighters to enter profession upon release

SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill allowing prisoners who fight fires while incarcerated to have their records expunged after serving time so they have an easier path to becoming regular firefighters upon release.

The bill addresses the emergence of an unexpected social justice issue this summer as massive wildfires during a pandemic exposed California’s longtime reliance on inmates to suppress fires.

CA AB2147 (19R), by Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes (D-Grand Terrace),…

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