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A New Form of Slavery? Meet Incarcerated Firefighters Battling California’s Wildfires for $1 an Hour

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Of the 13,000 firefighters battling blazes across California, more than 2,500 are prisoners. While salaried firefighters earn an annual mean wage of $74,000 a year plus benefits, prisoners earn $1 per hour when fighting active fires. According to some estimates, California saves up to $100 million a year by using prison labor to fight its biggest environmental problem. Watch here.

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