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Picture Story: The Female Prison Inmates Fighting the California Wildfires

February 5, 2018

By David Walker

© Peter Bohler

For a story about inmate firefighters, Peter Bohler photographed Dionne Davis. Bohler’s portraits impressed Karen Hanley, visuals producer at The New York Times Magazine.

Among those fighting the increasingly frequent and destructive wildfires in California are some of the state’s female prison inmates. It’s grueling work for which they are paid less than $2 per hour. And it’s risky: One inmate firefighter recently died. So the program raises ethical questions, which are complicated because the women volunteer for the work and take pride in...

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