Among the first firefighters on the scene when wildfires broke out in eastern Washington this summer was a crew of juveniles — inmates, actually. The crew, teens aged 15 to 19, were building fire lines and digging trenches. Hard work, in difficult conditions.
Last month, one teenager escaped from the work camp and later shot himself during a standoff with police. He has since recovered.
The program, however, may not. One of the few of its kind in the country, it is now under review.