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For less than $2/hour, these incarcerated women fight fires.

In August 2017, the New York Times Magazine highlighted the struggles and heroism of incarcerated women in California who enlist to fight fires for less than $2 per hour and recounted the history of the exploitive use of prison labor in the state.Jamie Lowe, “The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires,” New York Times Magazine, August 31, 2017. Two months later, many of these firefighters—this time joined by women incarcerated in the Nevada prison system—were again on the frontlines of the wildfire battles that ravaged California.Jamie Lowe, “The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires,” New York Times Magazine, August 31, 2017; and Associated Press, “126 Nevada Inmates Bound for California to Fight Fires” Reno Gazette Journal, December 10, 2017.