Inmates that are serving time for nonviolent crimes in California have been brought in to help fight the fires that have destroyed thousands of homes. According to the Daily Beast, they make up 35 to 40 percent of the firefighting force. Bill Sessa, spokesman for the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, said there were 1,700 inmates fighting fires on Friday alone. The inmates are working the same hours as their professional counterparts and are getting paid $1/hr which is “the highest paying job for a California inmate and has rehabilitative value.”

“The best feeling is when we get off the fire; all the signs you see that say ‘thank you, firefighters’…They even refer to us as the ‘angels in orange.'” – Inmate Joshua Coover

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