An investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has found that judges throughout the U.S. have been ordering defendants into addiction recovery centers that are little more than work camps for private industry.
The nonprofit news outlet reports that some programs meant to keep nonviolent offenders out of prison have turned thousands of men and women into indentured servants by sending them to work for companies and getting paid for it while participants get paid nothing.
Among a few of the places where participants have been sent to work are a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Oklahoma, a construction company in Alabama and a nursing home in North Carolina.
Participants in an Oklahoma rehab program called Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery say conditions are grueling at the chicken processing plants where they're sent to work without pay. They say they have access to counseling and anger-management classes, but that work overshadows everything.
This article was provided to The Associated Press by the nonprofit news outlet Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. To read _ or publish _ a full version of this investigation go to: revealnews.org/nopay.
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