By Kat Schuster, September 1, 2020, Patch.
Nonviolent former prisoners who participated in fire camps will now have an opportunity to become year-round, full-time firefighters.
SACRAMENTO, CA — Lawmakers approved a bill Monday that will finally allow former prisoners to pursue a career in fire. The new legislation arrived while fire crews were overwhelmed, facing multiple devastating lightning complex fires across California.
AB 2147, authored by Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes, will allow nonviolent offenders, who have logged time in fire camps while incarcerated, an opportunity to have their records expunged upon release, allowing them to become firefighters.