The sexual harassment allegations are the latest disclosure in an ongoing Reveal investigation into exploitative rehab programs across the country.
Amy Julia Harris is a reporter for Reveal, covering vulnerable communities. Harris was a Livingston Award for Young Journalists finalists for her investigation into the lack of government oversight of religious-based day cares, which led to tragedies for children in Alabama and elsewhere. She uncovered widespread squalor in a public housing complex in the San Francisco Bay Area and traced it back to mismanagement and fraud in the troubled public housing agency. Before joining Reveal, Harris was an education reporter at The Charleston Gazette in West Virginia, where she exposed widespread failures at a now-shuttered private college that won a statewide investigative reporting award. She has also written enterprise stories for The Seattle Times, Half Moon Bay Review, and Campaigns and Elections Politics Magazine. Harris is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California offices.
Response to NC rehab investigation: ‘This is a horrific scheme that preys on people at their lowest’
North Carolina officials looked the other way for years until reporters began asking questions.
“It’s like slavery,” said one rehab participant, “like we were on the plantation.”
We found that the program required defendants to sign up for food stamps and then confiscated the cards.
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.
The state’s Senate majority leader is accused of participating in “a pervasive scheme of slavery.”
It is the second class-action lawsuit filed against the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program prompted by an investigation by Reveal.
The move comes following a Reveal investigation into unpaid labor from drug rehab program participants.
Jim Hendren’s use of a work camp program shows how beneficiaries of unpaid labor stretch from top companies to high levels of state political power.
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