The program has had few escapes or incidents of misbehavior, say officials. "I don't worry too much. When the bell rings, they are firemen and they act like firemen," says Mike Parry, a crew technical specialist with the state agency CAL FIRE. "The inmates, at least in our camp, really never let me down on a fire."
Thursday, July 10, 2008
In exchange for $1 per hour and time shaved off their sentences, about 2,500 trained inmate firefighters are assisting the state of California to combat its annual summer wildfires. Cool story in the Christian Science Monitor, including this observation from a free-world fireman:
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