California prison camp inmates battle Creek Fire. Dangerous job pays a few dollars a day
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State prisoners are providing a key source of labor on the out-of-control Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera counties, as well as dozens of other fires around the state.Inmate “hand crews” have for decades been used to fight California’s wildfires, but, lately, they’ve become controversial as the nation debates criminal justice reforms. Some critics call them a form of slave labor since the inmates earn just dollars a day doing the dangerous work.Supporters of the state prison system’s “conservation camp” program, however, argue that the inmates are learning valuable life and...
The Sacramento Bee