Two CDCR inmates attempting to extinguish flames in the midsts of a California wildfire.
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Licensing Requirements Prevent CDCR Firefighters From Jobs

Many firefighting departments require an EMT license before hiring. Many ex-CDCR firefighters are denied the EMT license because they have a felony record. Many cities and county firefighting jobs require an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) License before hiring. The licenses provide better pay grade tickets. Many of California’s volunteer firefighters, once out of prison, cannot Read More…

Angola Prison: Arkansas uses FORCED, unpaid labor to thrive.
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US Inmates Strike for Fair Wages: Authorities Downplay Nationwide Impact

Who can we actually count on when it comes to prison reform? Congress just doesn’t seem to get it. All federal efforts to make changes toward reform continuously fail. And, the states don’t seem to want to act fast enough, coming up with one excuse after the next for getting things going. However, there is Read More…

Prison Strike: Amani Sawari interviewed on Democracy Now
Prison Labor Prison Riots, Strikes, Evacuations

Protests Across the US Fighting Against Modern Day Slavery in Prisons

On Tuesday, prisoners across the US started the first nationwide prison strike since 2016. Prisoners are refusing food as part of the strike. The strike goes beyond asking for prison conditions to be improved. Organizers aim to draw attention to the deaths while in custody. Another significant issue is the poor compensation (in some cases, Read More…

CDCR Firefighter Shawna Lynn Jones Being Rescued Before Dying at UCLA the Following Day.
Prison Labor

California Prisoners Fight Wildfires for Slave Wages; But, There Are Benefits

Wildfires are currently consuming Northern California. There are more than 2,000 prisoners that are paying back their debts to society by helping fight the fires. On the front lines of the deadliest California wildfire in history, professional firefighters are working alongside prison inmates with one key difference: PAY So how does the program inmate firefighter Read More…

California's inmate firefighters are cheap labor for a dangerous job.
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Licensing Restrictions Deny California’s Ex-Prisoners Jobs After Fighting Deadly Fires

California’s prison firefighter programs educate and train inmates for future employment. But require specific licenses to get real jobs after release. To get a license, you can’t have a criminal record. The California Department of Corrections says there are at least 2,000 inmates currently fighting the wildfires in the state. The fires include the Mendocino Read More…

A group of California inmate hand crew firefighters camped outside of a fire in 2006.
Prison Labor

California Exploits Prisoners Sent to Fight Wildfires for $2 a Day

California uses prison inmates to fight its raging wildfires. They exploit their incarcerated status by only paying them $2 per day.   For only $2 per day, 3,400 prison inmates in California have been deployed to fight the wildfires. The inmates who are fighting fires include 58 juvenile offenders. They are all working alongside an Read More…

A group of prisoners being sent away in a truck to fight fires.
Prison Labor

California’s Use of Prisoners to Fight Wildfires Is Comparable to Slave Labor

California pays prison inmates volunteering to fight wildfires $2 per day. Regular firefighters are paid up to $16.50 per hour. This is slave labor.   California depends on volunteer prison inmates to fight its frequent wildfires. This is not a new practice. The state has used prison labor since the World War II. Roughly 3,400 Read More…