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California inmates are ready year-round to combat fires

California inmates are ready year-round to combat fires

The agreement between California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection guides the responsibilities of the two state departments in their use of prisoners to prepare for and put out fires.

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Six state Departments of Correction have responded to our requests for post-incarceration employment data

Six state Departments of Correction have responded to our requests for post-incarceration employment data

Last week, MuckRock submitted requests for any policies and materials these agencies might have related to the post-incarceration opportunities. So far, the responses can’t speak to the question, because most Departments of Correction don’t keep the data.

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You want to know: what’s next for the inmates who respond to emergencies?

You want to know: what’s next for the inmates who respond to emergencies?

Inspired by your feedback, we’re looking for any reports states’ Departments of Corrections might have on inmate firefighters post-incarceration employment.

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Inmates make up nearly a third of California’s firefighting force

Inmates make up nearly a third of California’s firefighting force

With regular blazes the “new normal” on the West Coast, prison labor continues to play a huge role in battling them.

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Louisiana records give insight into thousands of businesses that utilize prison labor

Louisiana records give insight into thousands of businesses that utilize prison labor

The use of prisoners for labor pervades the criminal justice system. And, as has long been known, their employment isn’t limited to maintaining their own environments or streets and public buildings; private companies frequently take advantage of the captive workforce. We want your help learning more.

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