On Friday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 2147, which allows former inmate fire crew members to pursue a career in firefighting after their sentence.
The bill, authored by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, allows inmates serving time for nonviolent offenses who have served as members of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s fire camps to have their records expunged. According to a press release from the governor’s office, this will allow individuals leaving the camps to seek “meaningful employment and further training.”
“Signing AB 2147 into law is about giving second chances. To correct is to right a wrong; to rehabilitate is to restore,” Gómez Reyes said in the press release. “Rehabilitation without strategies to ensure the formerly incarcerated have a career is a pathway to recidivism. We must get serious about providing pathways for those that show the determination to turn their lives around.”