SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California inmate firefighters could have their criminal records wiped clean under a proposed law introduced this week.

AB 2147, introduced by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernadino) on Monday, would speed-up the expungement process for inmates who successfully worked as inmate hand crews, assisting with the suppression of California wildfires.

Currently, former inmates can apply for their criminal records to be expunged after finishing parole. Still, those inmates are required to disclose their criminal history when applying for state licenses.

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The proposed bill would allow former inmates who worked as an inmate firefighter to apply for expungement when they are released from custody.

Approximately 2,500 California inmates serve on fire crews across the state. Hundreds of inmates helped fight dangerous wildfires including the Tubbs Fire in 2017, the deadly Camp Fire in 2018 and the Kincade Fire in 2019.

There are 43 conservation camps for adult offenders in the state that are managed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Cal Fire.

Comments (2)
  1. mandyfard says:

    It’s really good news to see that we are changing and finding ways to let these people put their past behind them. Helping people move forward with their lives, get jobs, and earn an income, can only make us all better. Making it more difficult for them to find a job and stay employed, can have too many complicated and negative outcomes. It’s good to see changes like this in job searching and employment fields.

  2. Dave says:

    Inmates should be put to work helping out tasks like this. Cleaning streets, cleaning up homeless camps, fight fires, clearing trash from beaches…..

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