Inmates help battling the Camp Fire

28 days ago

Volunteer inmates are helping fire workers to battle The Camp Fire that became the deadliest fire in California's history reaching the dead toll of 30 people, and leaving 228 others missing.

About 200 inmates enrolled in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) program are participating in the fire battle, in exchange of a reduction of the sentences, and $1 an hour as payment.

The program selects inmates carefully, they must have a "team work" attitude with nonviolent behavior, regardless of their original crimes. Today, 3,700 inmates are enrolled, and the program saves the state between $90 and $100 million a year.

It's, however, a criticized program since it risks the inmates lives according to ACLU's National Prison Project, it should be a free choice.