California tends to represent itself as a quite progressive and socially forward-thinking part of the nation, where all are treated wonderfully and accepted for who they, no matter their lot in life.
The reality is much, much different, however.
In towns like San Francisco, the city government’s ineptitude has led to filth being strewn about the streets in quantities that rival New York City in the pre-industrial revolution era. Combined with the inability of the State of California to properly manage its cost of living, this has created an epidemic of homelessness in bay area, which only serves to fuel the previously discussed issue.
Now, it turns out that the Bear Republic is even abusing the ever-living hell out of their prisoners.
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There are roughly 14,000 firefighters on duty battling fires across the region. Among them are more than 2,000 inmates.
The inmates are part of a volunteer firefighting program run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). They’re paid $2 a day, and $1 an hour when fighting an active fire. They also earn time off their sentences.
“Each volunteer inmate is evaluated individually to ensure that all those selected for the camp program are willing to be team members with nonviolent behavior, even if their original conviction was for a violent crime,” CDCR representative Vicky Waters tells CNBC Make It. Volunteers must have “minimum custody” status and are not considered if they have committed arson, rape or sex offenses or if they have any active warrants or medical issues.
The inmate volunteers live in “conservation camps” and do physical labor like cutting brush and trees to reduce fire danger, clearing flood channels and storm drains and maintaining hiking trails.
$2 a day sounds like a whole lot less than the #Fightfor15 folks would be okay with. Are you sure this is California we’re talking about here?