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Inmate firefighters save California $100 million per year
By turnto23.com
Published: 09/12/2018

CHINO,Calif. - As California's record breaking wildfire season continues, men and women are answering the call from all over the state to fight on the frontline, including convicted felons.

Prado Conservation Camp in Chino is one of the 44 camps where inmates are saving the state $100 million on the life-threatening job in exchange for minimal pay but an earlier release.

Sitting right next to the Chino State Prison, Prado Conservation camp is a reminder to the 79 inmates there that they could be serving their time behind bars.

"It’s some of the hardest work I have done,” said inmate Derick McGruder. “I don’t mind the work. Its rewarding at the end but when you are going through it it’s kind of brutal.”

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