A new report from The Center for Investigative Reporting follows how the trend toward diversion courts to treat addicts may lead to de facto slave labor at the “Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery (CAAIR),” a chicken plant in Oklahoma. Reporters Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter explain: “There wasn’t much substance abuse treatment at CAAIR. It was mostly factory work for one of America’s top poultry companies. If [workers get] hurt or worked too slowly” bosses would threaten them with prison time. They also work without pay and some of the workers do not even have a history of substance abuse. Further, people sent to programs like CAAIR sometimes have not yet been convicted of a crime. The Center for Investigative Reporting used workers’ comp records in part to unearth this story.
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