“It was a slave camp. I can’t believe the court sent me there.”
“It’s like slavery,” said one rehab participant, “like we were on the plantation.”
Reporters Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter’s investigation of forced labor at drug rehab centers one of two finalists for journalism’s top honor.
Judges across the country had ordered defendants into rehab programs that double as work camps for for-profit companies.
“That sounds like something from the early 1900s. And this is going on right now? And how is it legal?”
We found a slew of rehab programs that supply cheap and captive workers to major poultry companies, such as Tyson Foods and Simmons Foods.
The outcry came in response to a Reveal investigation that shows how drug court defendants are being forced to work for free.