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Rehab Work Camps Were About To Be Regulated. Then A Friend Stepped In

Oct 18, 2017
Oklahoma House of Representatives

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Chicken Workers Sue, Saying They Were Modern-Day Slaves

Oct 11, 2017
CAAIR has a sprawling, grassy compound in northeastern Oklahoma. The one-year diversion program mainly relies on faith and work to treat addiction.
Shane Bevel for Reveal

Three Oklahoma men filed a federal class-action lawsuit today alleging that they were modern-day slaves forced by a drug rehabilitation program to work for free in chicken processing plants.

They Thought They Were Going To Rehab. They Ended Up In Chicken Plants

Oct 4, 2017
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.
Gabriel Hongsdusit / Reveal

Here’s how the poultry industry turned drug defendants into indentured servants – and convinced the courts to go along with it.