The Puerta La Cruz Conservation Camp, 200 miles south of Los Angeles, is a special institution. While serving their time for misdemeanors, the female inmates help fight local forest fires with chainsaws and shovels.
In the heat of July to October, when fires devastate California, the inmates are on call day and night, cutting lines, building fire shields and mopping up for one dollar an hour.
These inmates are here to pay their debt to society and they save the state 80 million dollars per year. In compensation they get improved detention conditions, and for each day worked they get two days off their sentence.