10 Unusual Ways Prisoners Can Reduce Their Sentences

10. Firefighting

California suffers from forest fires on an annual basis and the problem can be so bad that traditional firefighting units are simply not large enough to be able to tackle the problem without outside help. This issue was addressed when the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection set up a program that would allow inmates in California prisons to volunteer to help tackle forest fires. The labor program is similar to those used in prisons around the world, allowing prisoners to get sentence reductions for the work they do, and the inmates make up about 50% of the workforce. Violent criminals, those involved in sex crimes and arsonists are all excluded from the program, along with those serving very short sentences as time and money spent carrying out extensive training is seen as wasteful. When not fighting fires, the prisoners also help to control floods and maintain park areas.
10. Firefighting