Reveal exposes how a treatment for drug addiction has turned tens of thousands of people into an unpaid, shadow workforce.
Reveal’s American Rehab exposes how a treatment for drug addiction has turned tens of thousands of people into an unpaid, shadow workforce.
“I can’t fathom this being legitimate,” one former Labor Department investigator says of a drug rehab’s work program.
“It’s like slavery,” said one rehab participant, “like we were on the plantation.”
“It was a slave camp. I can’t believe the court sent me there.”
A judge started his own rehab where defendants must work at a bottling plant and other companies, under threat of prison if they don’t comply.
A Reveal exposé found that the drug rehab has sent thousands of patients to work without pay at hundreds of for-profit companies over the years.
Penny Rawlings is relieved to finally get her brother into rehab at a place called Cenikor. She doesn’t realize that getting him out of treatment is going to be the bigger problem.
Nurse Martha Marx talks about the difficulties of caring for patients amid the COVID-19 pandemic in this interview illustrated by Thi Bui.