In Georgia, the State Department of Correction Inmate Firefighter program started in the early 1960s.
The California Department of Corrections (CDC) began using inmates to do roadwork in 1915 and then began allowing fire camps during World War II. The inmates make up more than half of California’s wildland firefighters. While fighting fires the inmates earn $1 an hour. They use about 4000+ inmates from some 40 conservation camps (3 of which are women) and they receive the same training as regular fire fighters.
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