New California law gives inmate firefighters a better chance at getting jobs in the field

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Friday Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2147 into law, which helps clear the path for some inmate firefighters to attain careers in the field post-prison.

“I brought this piece of legislation appropriately I thought here today, that will give these future firefighters and emergency personnel a chance by getting them an opportunity to expunge their records– giving them a chance to get a certificate, getting a chance to potentially a career ladder coming out of prison,” Gov. Newsom said Friday as he toured a burn site of the North Complex Fire in Northern California.

Under the state’s Conservation Camp (Fire) Program there are currently 44 camps up and down the state where inmate firefighters work alongside crews from CalFire and other agencies.

In order to participate, The Conservation Camp (Fire Program) says “volunteers must have ‘minimum custody’ status, or the lowest classification for inmates based

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New California law helps former inmate firefighters get jobs

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs Assembly Bill 2147 after he toured the North Complex Fire zone with California Secretary for Environmental Protection Jared Blumenfeld and California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot in Butte County Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, outside of Oroville, Calif. AB 2147 allows inmates who have worked as firefighters to ask the court to dismiss their charges to make it easier for them to find a job once they are released. People convicted of certain violent or sex crimes would not be eligible.

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California’s inmate firefighters will have a shot at becoming professional firefighters once they complete their sentences, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on Friday.

The new law will allow state and county inmates who train as firefighters to seek to erase the criminal records that often are a bar to employment as firefighters or in

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