California prisoners have cleared the way to enter the profession upon release

Gavin Newsom signed Legislative Bill 2147 after the California government visited the North Complex fire zone in Batte County on Friday. AB 2147 allows inmates, who have worked as firefighters, to ask the court to dismiss their charges that once released they make it easier to find a job. | Paul Kitagaki Jr. / The Sacramento via B. AP

SAN FRANCISCO – Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Friday allowing prisoners to fight while their scorching records were expelled after serving time, so they had a release There is an easy way to become a regular firefighter.

The bill addresses the emergence of an unexpected social justice issue that continues as a massive wildfire during California’s longtime dependence on prisoners to suppress fires this summer.

CA AB2147 (19R), by Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes (D-Grand Terrace), allows inmates to join a state fire camp or county fire hand crew to dismiss their convictions in court, so that they can use the EMT To qualify as. Steps to become a firefighter.

Those prisoners are actually expected to get a job in the profession when Newsom signed the bill on Friday in Auroville. “, The North Complex Fire has burned 250,000 acres and killed 10 people. The bill does not include those convicted of certain offenses including murder, kidnapping, rape, arson or any offense punished by death or life imprisonment. has been done.

The state issued thousands of inmates in this prison to evacuate the imprisoned jails and reduce the Kovid-19 exposure risks – particularly low-risk offenders who can usually serve in fire camps. Hundreds of rare lightning strikes across the state in August placed severe demands on California’s fire force, and the state admitted that its prisoner squad was thin this year due to release.

About 3,100 prisoners helped fight the fire last year. While California has long relied on inmates to fight fires, social justice efforts were in full steam this year after the police assassination of George Floyd in Minnesota, and advocates over California prisoners’ use as a serious problem Captured it.

The bill is intended to provide a faster way for inmate fire crew members to become professional firefighters, who advocates said was fairness to those who served their time and demonstrated their abilities.

“Rehabilitation is a career without strategies to ensure war in the past, which is a path to reconsideration,” Reyes said in a statement. We must be serious about providing avenues for those who show resolve to bend their lives. ”

But law enforcement members and prosecutors opposed the bill, arguing that those who serve time in prisons are already considered a high risk and would pose a threat to the public.