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Conservation Fire Camp - 16 Jan 2015 - Sort by:
Conservation Fire Camp - 16 Jan 2015
A ballot measure passed last month to ease prison crowding means California is facing the prospect of a severely depleted wildfire protection force.

The state relies on its prison inmate population to make up most of the force but does not take on violent criminals, sex offenders and arsonists. Misdemeanor offenders, with shorter sentences, have long been ineligible because training them is not considered worth the investment.
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17 Dec. 2014
Prison inmate Angel Ramirez, 21, reads a book while... more
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Prison inmate Angel Ramirez, 21, reads a book while lying on his bed at Oak Glen Conservation Fire Camp #35 in Yucaipa, California November 6, 2014. Thousands of convicted felons form the backbone of California's wildfire protection force under a unique and little-known prison labor program. But California may soon find it harder to recruit new inmate firefighters after a ballot measure was passed last month to ease prison crowding by reducing felony sentences to misdemeanor jail terms for most non-violent, low-level offenses, including many drug crimes. That measure will likely diminish the very segment of the inmate population that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, draws upon to fill its wildland firefighting crews. Picture taken November 6. To match Feature USA-FIREFIGHTERS/CALIFORNIA REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY)
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17 Dec. 2014
Prison inmates wearing firefighting boots line up for... more
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17 Dec. 2014
A correctional officer eats lunch in front of a mural... more
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17 Dec. 2014
A prison inmate eats breakfast at Oak Glen Conservation... more
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17 Dec. 2014
Prison inmates play chess at Oak Glen Conservation... more
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17 Dec. 2014
A prison inmate cuts out a heart to line a wooden jewelry... more
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17 Dec. 2014
A prison inmate works out at Oak Glen Conservation... more
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17 Dec. 2014
Prison inmates Gilbert Serrato, 33, (L) and Joshua... more
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17 Dec. 2014
Correctional officer Tim Bruzzesi checks prison inmates'... more
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17 Dec. 2014
Prison inmate Kevin Black, 54, who is in the last 90... more
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17 Dec. 2014
Prison inmate Kevin Black, 54, who is in the last 90... more
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17 Dec. 2014
Prison inmates lay water pipe on a work project outside... more
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17 Dec. 2014
Prison inmates lay water pipe on a work project outside... more
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17 Dec. 2014
A sign indicating fires that prison inmates have been... more
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