Tag Archives: California

Prison Labor to Fight Wildfires

Fact: Nearly half of those fighting the Bully Fire in California are inmates – 900 out of approximately 2,000 firefighters.

Fact: The inmates get paid $2 per day for their efforts.

Fact: Across the state of California, there are approximately 4,000 inmate firefighters.

Fact: California profits from their efforts to the tune of $100 million per year.

Source: “California Leans Heavily on Thousands of Inmate Firefighters,” KQED News


“Indeterminate” Solitary Confinement in America

Fact: At least 3,808 California prisoners are serving time in solitary confinement on an “indeterminate sentence.” They do not know when, or if, they will ever be released.

Fact: More than half of California’s solitary confinement prisoners serve at least 5 years. One has been in solitary for more than 42 years.

Fact: Californian prisoners are not allowed a lawyer at internal “validation” hearings to determine whether or not they should be moved to solitary confinement. Department data shows that since 2005, 25 validations have been rejected out of more than 6,300 cases.

Source: Mother Jones, Solitary Confinement, Shane Bauer