Amy Julia Harris is a reporter for Reveal, covering vulnerable communities. She and Reveal reporter Shoshana Walter exposed how courts across the country are sending defendants to rehabs that are little more than lucrative work camps for private industry. Their work was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting and won a Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. It also led to four government investigations, including two criminal probes and four federal class-action lawsuits alleging slavery and fraud.
Harris was a Livingston Award for Young Journalists finalist for her investigation into the lack of government oversight of religious-based day cares, which led to tragedies for children in Alabama and elsewhere. In a previous project for Reveal, she uncovered widespread squalor in a public housing complex in the San Francisco Bay Area and traced it back to mismanagement and fraud in the troubled public housing agency.
Before joining Reveal, Harris was an education reporter at The Charleston Gazette in West Virginia. She has also written for The Seattle Times, Half Moon Bay Review, and Campaigns and Elections Politics Magazine.
“Cenikor has turned patients struggling with addiction into a pool of unpaid, forced labor,” according to one of the suits.
“I can’t fathom this being legitimate,” one former Labor Department investigator says of a drug rehab’s work program.
A Reveal investigation showed that officials allowed the housing project in Richmond, California to be overrun with roaches, mice, squatters and mold.
Recovery Connections Community in North Carolina is one of many drug rehabs nationwide that put their clients to work in private businesses, and keep their wages.
Labor Department officials told her to start paying workers. She ignored them, and they let her get away with it
Rehab entrepreneur Jennifer Warren continues to force her patients to work for free to fund her lavish lifestyle.
Medicaid-funded caregivers in North Carolina must receive 80 hours of training and can’t have criminal convictions for drug trafficking.
A rogue drug rehab program in North Carolina is being investigated for food stamp fraud, the latest fallout in an ongoing Reveal investigation.
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