The move comes following a Reveal investigation into unpaid labor from drug rehab program participants.
All Work. No Pay.
Top Arkansas politician uses labor from rehab work camp
Jim Hendren’s use of a work camp program shows how beneficiaries of unpaid labor stretch from top companies to high levels of state political power.
Third lawsuit this month filed over forced labor at chicken plants
Rehabilitation centers put men to work for free in chicken processing plants and a plastic manufacturer, under threat of prison.
Rehab work camps were about to be regulated. Then a friend stepped in
Because of the intervention, many recovery programs in Oklahoma remain exempt from state oversight.
Why courts’ use of religious work camps could be ‘patently illegal’
“A more religiously coercive environment is scarcely imaginable,” says the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Second group of chicken workers sue, alleging rehab slavery
Men in the program work for free, under constant threat of being sent to prison, on products for big-name brands, including Popeyes, KFC and Walmart.
Recovering from Rehab
Brad McGahey was sentenced to a year in prison for buying a stolen horse trailer. But when he went before a judge, he was sent to CAAIR instead.
Chicken workers sue, saying they were modern-day slaves
Judges across the country had ordered defendants into rehab programs that double as work camps for for-profit companies.
All work. No pay. Life at a rehab work camp.
Reveal’s Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter investigate an Oklahoma recovery center called Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery, or CAAIR.
How a drug court rehab kept its participants’ workers’ comp
“That sounds like something from the early 1900s. And this is going on right now? And how is it legal?”