• Matt Esnayra

Newsom signs bill expunging felony records for inmate firefighters, giving them a chance to be pros

Credit: Office of the Governor of California

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2147 into law Friday, which will allow former nonviolent prisoners who volunteered as incarcerated firefighters the opportunity to have their records expunged, making it more accessible for them to become professional firefighters after being released from state prison.

Why it matters:

Under California's Conservation Camp program, the state employs approximately 3,100 inmates at fire camps. Even though these fire fighting inmates are fire line-qualified and received the same entry-level training that Cal- Fire recruits do, they were denied fire fighting jobs at municipal and county fire departments after they were released because of their felony records.

What they're saying:

Assembly bill 2147 "will give those prisoners hope of actually getting a job in the profession that they've been trained," Governor Newsom said.

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