AZ to Spend $1.5 Million to Turn Ex-Cons Into Professional Firefighters

Arizona is letting inmates out of prison to fight fires, and now it wants to help them turn that experience into a career.

After successfully using work-release inmates to fight fires, Arizona will now spend $1.5 million to create a professional ex-con fire crew, Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) has announced. “I want it to be easier for individuals released from prison to stand up and protect their communities.”

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