Diversion programs administered by CorrectiveSolutions, a for-profit company dogged for years by consumer rights litigation, often have left out those they were designed to help.
On Nov. 8, New Mexicans will vote on a constitutional amendment to overhaul the use of money bail in the state.
It is the second class-action lawsuit filed against the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program prompted by an investigation by Reveal.
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.
Judges across the country had ordered defendants into rehab programs that double as work camps for for-profit companies.
“That sounds like something from the early 1900s. And this is going on right now? And how is it legal?”
We found a slew of rehab programs that supply cheap and captive workers to major poultry companies, such as Tyson Foods and Simmons Foods.
The outcry came in response to a Reveal investigation that shows how drug court defendants are being forced to work for free.
“It was a slave camp. I can’t believe the court sent me there.”
“All we’re doing is keeping those beds in cells warm for their kids,” says the state prison director. These women “need help. They don’t need prison.”