Monday, October 17, 2011

Camden County, Georgia Considers Employing Inmates As Fire Fighters

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From Huffington Post by Jillian Berman

States and localities across the country are looking for ways to cut costs amid budget shortfalls, and one county is taking an approach that many residents find controversial: hiring prison inmates as fire fighters.

Camden County, Georgia is considering an “inmates-to-firefighters” program as one way to keep residents’ fire insurance costs from more than doubling, according to The Florida Times-Union. The program is one of multiple options Camden’s Board of County Commissioners are considering, but officials say hiring inmates as firefighters would be more cost-effective than the other options, saving the county more than $500,000 per year.

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