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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/14/2020 08:43 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/14/2020 08:43 AM
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Governor Newsom Signs Bill Eliminating Barriers that Block Former Inmate Fire Crews from Becoming Career Firefighters After Serving their Sentences

Oroville, CA...At the site of the North Complex Fire, Governor Newsom signed AB 2147, a bill that eliminates barriers that prevent former inmate fire crews from pursuing a career as a firefighter once they served their time. Authored by Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes, the bill allows nonviolent offenders who have fought fires as members of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s fire camps to have their records expunged, paving the way for individuals leaving fire camps to seek meaningful employment and further training.




“This legislation rights a historic wrong and recognizes the sacrifice of thousands of incarcerated people who have helped battle wildfires in our state, and I would like to thank the Legislature for passing this bill,” said Governor Newsom.

“Signing AB 2147 into law is about giving second chances. To correct is to right a wrong; to rehabilitate is to restore,” said Assemblymember Gomez Reyes. “Rehabilitation without strategies to ensure the formerly incarcerated have a career is a pathway to recidivism. We must get serious about providing pathways for those that show the determination to turn their lives around.”

Despite their experience and qualifications, many formerly incarcerated firefighters struggle to obtain licenses and employment due to their criminal records. Under AB 2147, formerly incarcerated individuals can file a petition in county court to expunge their records and waive parole time, which will open career pathways in emergency response and a variety of other disciplines.

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Good job
Posted on: 2020-09-14 09:18:20   By: Anonymous
 
Good job.
That’s the hardest job on the planet!
Thanks firefighters

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-14 09:34:26   By: Anonymous
 
Yep, and cal fire lost a lot of inmate hand crews which they relied upon to a significant degree. Now they could hire them back .. for more money.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-09-14 09:47:15   By: Anonymous
     

    Great move. give folks an opportunity to turn their lives around and contribute to society

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-09-14 10:00:31   By: Anonymous
       
      ^This

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-09-14 10:55:19   By: Anonymous
     
    That's probably a bit misleading...the state WAS paying to incarcerate them (food, housing, medical, training, protection...). I don't know that it's cheaper for the taxpayers than having them as paid employees of the state. Maybe to CAL Fires budget.. but that's like saying the money in your left pocket is unrelated to the money in your right pocket.

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      Posted on: 2020-09-14 11:05:43   By: Anonymous
       
      You might be right as to the overall cost. The post was to reflect actual hourly earnings. Inmate firefighters were paid somewhat around 85 cents an hour , maybe a bit more.

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        Posted on: 2020-09-14 11:07:19   By: Anonymous
         
        Wages for a hand crew firefighter would be around maybe 13-17 per hour.

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Finally
Posted on: 2020-09-14 09:47:50   By: Anonymous
 
Finally, a path to redemption for those who earn it. First good thing to come out of Gavin's administration

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    Re:/\/\ Finally
    Posted on: 2020-09-14 10:27:47   By: Anonymous
     
    It would have been nice to have that years ago for guys back then in my younger days!

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    Re: Finally
    Posted on: 2020-09-14 10:53:37   By: Anonymous
     
    Good call. While I'm not his biggest fan, I will say that he is willing to make the right decisions even if they aren't always popular.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-14 10:48:39   By: Anonymous
 
LOL, lets make hero's out of them criminals, all the while people are still waiting on their unemployment that they have yet to receive since you put us all out of work... NEWSCUM...

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    Posted on: 2020-09-14 10:52:31   By: Anonymous
     
    What on earth is wrong with you? You're fine with them saving our towns one day as an inmate... but not after release? I guess it's a good thing you've never been judged by all based on the worst day of your life, eh?

    Your views represent the beginning of the end for this great country. God Bless America.

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    Posted on: 2020-09-14 11:21:10   By: Anonymous
     
    I guess you never heard about one group of fire crews some years back in LA County. Inmate hand crew was on a ridge during fire. A hellicopter went down over the fire line. Inmates from the crew braved fire to rescue the helicopter crew. Several of the inmates were seriously burned.

    The forest service has hired former prisoners

    And realistically there are many more normally good citizens who could have been inmates for things they did in younger years, but for the luck of not being caught.

    We have so many laws that can be considered a felony. Many are not bad things by themselves,, like rape, robbery, murder, battery, etc. A lot of stuff that was never considered illegal was made illegal just by making a law saying so. For example, cocaine , heroine, etc were once not illegal, but in recent years could get a long prison sentence.



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      Gavin says
      Posted on: 2020-09-14 12:27:09   By: Anonymous
       
      Ahh Blah Blah Blah Ahh

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-14 18:30:32   By: Anonymous
 
This is absolute BS. Why should criminals get the opportunity to work a job that some people paid to learn through college classes?

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    Re: /\/\ This is all BS...
    Posted on: 2020-09-15 10:04:02   By: Anonymous
     
    It seems like a lot of college kids (or graduates) are the same ones who are doing all of the looting and terrorizing, arson etc. and claim they are doing peaceful protests? Then some of these kids want to get a job "at the top." Guess what-it doesn't work that way! Everyone starts at the bottom no matter how well educated they are or what the degree is. It's called entry level work and some of these graduates don't want to do the "grunt work." Hello? That's life!

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