October 11, 2017
Arizona is starting a program to help newly released prisoners re-adjust to their communities by becoming firefighters.
The program called The Phoenix Crew is a $1.5 million dollar initiative between the Department of Corrections and Department of Forestry and Fire Management.
Through the program, non-violent and low risk former inmates will go through a competitive application process to be selected for the 20 person crew.
This comes as wildfires in the west have become larger and deadlier.
The program is expected to launch within the next two months.