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California continues to use pseudo slave-labor to fight its wildfires

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California continues to use pseudo slave-labor to fight its wildfires


Oct 29, 2019 - 4:23
California continues to use pseudo slave-labor to fight its wildfires

Note: I also unpack and explain this on Episode #117 of The Breakdown podcast.  Right now, as wildfires rage out of control up and down California, about 20 percent of the people fighting those fires are inmates at California’s jails and prisons. In total, in any given year, nearly 4,000 incarcerated people are doing this work in the Golden State. Low estimates say it saves the state of California nearly $100 million per year that it would otherwise be paying non-incarcerated men and women to be on those frontlines.  This morning, after I posted a video of incarcerated men marching off to fight the fires, several...

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