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Rural counties increasingly rely on prisons to provide firefighters and EMTs who work for free, but the inmates have little protection or future job prospects

  • Written by J. Carlee Purdum, Research Assistant Professor, Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A&M University
Rural counties increasingly rely on prisons to provide firefighters and EMTs who work for free, but the inmates have little protection or future job prospectsInmate fire crews work alongside professional fire crews and do the same work. But they receive little, if any, pay.David McNew/AFP via Getty Images

If you call 911 in rural Georgia, the nearest emergency responders might come from the local prison.

In 1963, the Georgia Department of Corrections began a program to train incarcerated people as...

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