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Inmates play major role in fire fight

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posted on Oct, 27 2007 @ 08:25 PM
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Inmates play major role in fire fight


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They've stolen cars, used drugs and forged checks. When California is burning, they fight fires.

About a quarter of the 14,000 firefighters defending homes and businesses in Southern California from wildfires have been prisoners, officials said. Of the 4,400 inmates trained to battle fires in the state, 3,091 were on the front lines Friday from Lake Arrowhead south to San Diego.
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posted on Oct, 27 2007 @ 08:25 PM
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At first i was outraged at this until the details came up. There are conditions set that outline who is eligible and those guidelines seem appropriate, at least to me. Apparently this has being going on for decades. Given the scenario in California I'd say everyone who can help and in this case inmates included, should be welcome. How comfortable are you with criminals fighting fires and performing a community service?

brill

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posted on Oct, 27 2007 @ 08:27 PM
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This is a common practice. Prisoners have been used to do the work of the state since the State has existed. I think its a good thing, as long as they aren't abused.



posted on Oct, 27 2007 @ 09:12 PM
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It is fair enough. I believe public service should be considered highly in their parole/jail times. I'd like to see much more of this. Considering the majority of inmates are drug offenders, not mass murderers.



posted on Oct, 27 2007 @ 10:23 PM
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I like this idea. Keeps prisoners busy, gets them some useful skills, and accomplishes some useful work. Works all around, I'd say.




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