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Prison labor has drawn a lot of criticism over the years. Several of the responses to CDCR on Twitter criticized the practice and questioned the agency’s use of “youth offenders” to fight fires. Arthur Rizer, who oversees criminal justice policy at the conservative R Street Institute, told the Washington Examiner that the treatment of inmate firefighters — many of whom aren’t even allowed to become firefighters once they leave prison due to their felony records — is comparable to “slave labor.”