Gov. commutes sentences for 41 people who worked wildfires

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown is commuting the sentences of 41 people in custody who helped battle last year’s wildfires in Oregon. A spokesperson for the governor’s office told KGW on Wednesday that the governor requested the Oregon Department of Corrections conduct a case-by-case analysis of those inmates. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that 23 of those identified for commutation are expected to be released July 22. The other 18 will have 12 months reduced from their sentence. Governor’s office spokeswoman Liz Merah says the Governor recognizes that these adults in custody served the state in a time of crisis, and she believes they should be rewarded and acknowledged for their contribution to the historic firefighting response.