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San Diego Transfers Low-Level Prisoners To Help Fight Wildfires

Evening Edition

Aired 11/26/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST:

Wayne Brooks, lieutenant, San Diego County Sheriff's Dept. detention support division

Transcript

It's what many are calling a win-win situation. A contract between San Diego law enforcement and the state will send low-level offenders out to rural fire camps to help control the risk of wildfires. The program takes the pressure off jails, gives offenders a chance to be productive while they're serving their sentence and helps protect the region against one of our biggest threats -- wildfires.

In reaction to the signing of AB-109 (realignment), state prisons are reducing overcrowding by transferring low-level offenders to local jurisdictions.

We take a look at how the program is working, who qualifies, how it's saving the county jail space and money while building a force to fight wildfires.

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