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    Christian rehab or slave labor camp?

    This is insane!

    Men sent to Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery, better known as CAAIR, work full time at chicken processing plants. The hours are long, the conditions are brutal and the program keeps all the wages.

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    McGahey had heard of Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery. People called it “the Chicken Farm,” a rural retreat where defendants stayed for a year, got addiction treatment and learned to live more productive lives. Most were sent there by courts from across Oklahoma and neighboring states, part of the nationwide push to keep nonviolent offenders out of prison.

    Aside from daily cans of Dr Pepper, McGahey wasn’t addicted to anything. The judge knew that. But the Chicken Farm sounded better than prison.

    A few weeks later, McGahey stood in front of a speeding conveyor belt inside a frigid poultry plant, pulling guts and stray feathers from slaughtered chickens destined for major fast food restaurants and grocery stores.

    There wasn’t much substance abuse treatment at CAAIR. It was mostly factory work for one of America’s top poultry companies. If McGahey got hurt or worked too slowly, his bosses threatened him with prison.

    And he worked for free. CAAIR pocketed the pay.

    “It was a slave camp,” McGahey said. “I can’t believe the court sent me there."

    Across the country, judges increasingly are sending defendants to rehab instead of prison or jail. These diversion courts have become the bedrock of criminal justice reform, aiming to transform lives and ease overcrowded prisons.

    But in the rush to spare people from prison, some judges are steering defendants into rehabs that are little more than lucrative work camps for private industry, an investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

    The programs promise freedom from addiction. Instead, they’ve turned thousands of men and women into indentured servants.

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    The program has become an invaluable labor source. Over the years, Simmons Foods repeatedly has laid off paid employees while expanding its use of CAAIR. Simmons now is so reliant on the program for some shifts that the plants likely would shut down if the men didn’t show up, according to former staff members and plant supervisors.

    But Donny Epp, a spokesman for Simmons Foods, said the company does not depend on CAAIR to fill a labor shortage.
    “It’s about building relationships with our community and supporting the opportunity to help people become productive citizens,” he said.

    The arrangement also has paid off for CAAIR. In seven years, the program brought in more than $11 million in revenue, according to tax filings.

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    Brandon Spurgin was working in the chicken plants one night in 2014 when a metal door crashed down on his head, damaging his spine and leaving him with chronic pain, according to medical recordsh

    . CAAIR filed for workers’ compensation on his behalf and took the $4,500in insurance payments. Spurgin said he got nothing.

    Janet Wilkerson acknowledged that’s standard practice.
    Much more at the link. I have to admit I was shocked when I read it, and very little shocks me anymore. Very sad.

    A long read, but well worth it.

    Edit: I forgot the link

    They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants
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    Wonder if this is similar to the Christian rehab place Josh Duggar went to?

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    Courts cannot legally mandate religious-based rehabilitation organizations; including Alcoholics Anonymous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Courts cannot legally mandate religious-based rehabilitation organizations; including Alcoholics Anonymous.
    That was my first thought. I'm confused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    This is insane!



    Much more at the link. I have to admit I was shocked when I read it, and very little shocks me anymore. Very sad.

    A long read, but well worth it.
    The use of slave labor is growing across the country, especially in agriculture. This is unique because it's a diversion program and the slaves are not prisoners, but nonetheless, its profits inure to the benefit of some private person or group, and it would be a violation of the 13th amendment, except that (apparently) slaves volunteer to go and the labor they produce is designated "addiction therapy".

    This is an outrage for more than just the obvious reasons. The impact of slave labor on the free labor market can be devastating, of course, and is beginning to be felt in parts of the US where unemployment and poverty rates are already sky-high.

    That documentary, "13th", free on YouTube has an excellent discussion of these issues. Should be mandated viewing for every American over age 12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Courts cannot legally mandate religious-based rehabilitation organizations; including Alcoholics Anonymous.
    They don't. They give you a choice between that, or prison.

    So, it's totally voluntary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    They don't. They give you a choice between that, or prison.

    So, it's totally voluntary.
    They can't do that either; it's a false choice. They can mandate rehabilitation - but they can't exclusively specify a religious-oriented rehabilitation group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    They can't do that either; it's a false choice. They can mandate rehabilitation - but they can't exclusively specify a religious-oriented rehabilitation group.
    Easy enough for you to say that, I suppose, but I see it happen on a fairly regular basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Easy enough for you to say that, I suppose, but I see it happen on a fairly regular basis.
    Yea same here. Normally the courts are supposed to suggest various choices but in many instances AA is all there is that meets the courts requirements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Yea same here. Normally the courts are supposed to suggest various choices but in many instances AA is all there is that meets the courts requirements.
    Court mandated rehab in my area is handled by a state operated mental health facility, but part of the program includes attending AA meetings at a local facility of your choice. If you don't provide proof of attendance, you fail and go to jail.
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