Prison Labor to Fight Wildfires

Fact: Nearly half of those fighting the Bully Fire in California are inmates – 900 out of approximately 2,000 firefighters.

Fact: The inmates get paid $2 per day for their efforts.

Fact: Across the state of California, there are approximately 4,000 inmate firefighters.

Fact: California profits from their efforts to the tune of $100 million per year.

Source: “California Leans Heavily on Thousands of Inmate Firefighters,” KQED News

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