Tag Archives: Inmate Firefighters

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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Idaho Reviews Inmate Fire Crews after Rape Accusation

Officials begin scrutinizing which inmates are allowed to serve     By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Idaho is reviewing its program for temporarily releasing prison inmates to help fight wildfires after an inmate was charged ...

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Idaho Halts Inmate Firefighting after Rape Accusation

One charged with rape at base camp in Utah     By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Inmates sent to help fight wildfires are back behind bars in Idaho after one inmate was charged with raping ...

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14,000 Firefighters Battle California Wildfires

Inmates to foreigners join the fight to contain wildfires     By JONATHAN J. COOPER and PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state’s ...

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California Inmate Firefighter Trainee Dies During Hike

Trainee collapsed and was unable to be revived     The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Inmate Firefighter Trainee Anthony Colacino, of the Sierra Conservation Center – California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation on April ...

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