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.
Billy Chiu manages Grant Place Restaurant. In this comic illustrated by Thi Bui, he talks about how COVID-19 has impacted business.
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.