Tag Archives: Inmate Firefighters

Arizona Governor Signs $100M Wildfire Funding Plan

Bill includes using inmates to clear brush     By BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed a bill rushed through in a special legislative session that provides $100 million in funding this ...

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Arizona Lawmakers Advance $100M Fire Fund

Fires have been burning with increasing frequency across Arizona     By BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature advanced bills Wednesday creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency after hearing dire warnings ...

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NIOSH LODD Report: California Trainee Suffers Sudden Cardiac Death During Fitness Exercise

Remember the fallen with the lessons learned     NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program In 2017, a 33-year-old state inmate was accepted into the state’s Conservation Camp Program which allows inmates to request assignments within one of ...

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Oregon Governor Considers Early Release for Inmates Who Fought Wildfires

Certain criteria would need to be met for sentence reduction     SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Some prisoners who helped fight the destructive Oregon wildfires last year could be released early. Gov. Kate Brown commended adults in custody who “bravely ...

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Amendment Would Ban ‘Servitude’ by California Prison Inmates

Opponents want to end what they call a visage of slavery     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California relies on thousands of inmates to fight massive wildfires, churn out vehicle license plates, mop prison floors ...

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California Inmate Firefighter Faces Deportation

ICE detained Keola prior to his release from prison     By ADAM BEAM Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Among the thousands of firefighters who battled record-setting wildfires in California this year was Bounchan Keola, a 39-year-old immigrant from ...

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New California Law Helps Former Inmate Firefighters Get Jobs

Erasing criminal records     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s inmate firefighters will have a shot at becoming professional firefighters once they complete their sentences, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on ...

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Pandemic Depletes Ranks of California’s Inmate Firefighters

94 of 192 authorized inmate crews are available     By DON THOMPSON and DAISY NGUYEN Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California enters wildfire season, the state is scrambling to find sufficient firefighters amid the coronavirus outbreak that ...

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Inmate Firefighter Charged in Sex Assault Agrees to Plea Deal

Hernandez was charged with felony rape in Utah     SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An Idaho inmate accused of sexually assaulting a woman after he was sent to work at a wildfire base camp in Utah has pleaded guilty ...

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Firefighting Group Expresses Concern Over Inmate Rape Arrest

Crew safety among inmate firefighters raised after arrest     By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A rape case against an Idaho prison inmate working at a Utah wildfire base camp raises safety questions for vulnerable ...

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