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For Prisoners, 'Christian Rehab' Is A Codeword For Slave Labor

In Oklahoma, courts are sentencing people to so-called Christian work-camps. When people arrive at these 'camps', they discover that they're working as unpaid slave laborers, who are expected to perform dangerous work on behalf of large corporations.

In Oklahoma, courts are sentencing people to so-called Christian work-camps. When people arrive at these 'camps', they discover that they're working as unpaid slave laborers, who are expected to perform dangerous work on behalf of large corporations. If a laborer becomes sick or is unable to perform their work, then the corporation will 'terminate' them from the 'camp' and that person will be transferred to a penitentiary. The corporations call their camps 'Christian rehab' but there is no actual rehabilitation occurring.

Across the country, judges increasingly are sending defendants to rehab instead of prison or jail. These diversion courts have become the bedrock of criminal justice reform, aiming to transform lives and ease overcrowded prisons. But in the rush to spare people from prison, some judges are steering defendants into rehabs that are little more than lucrative work camps for private industry, an investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has found. The programs promise freedom from addiction. Instead, they’ve turned thousands of men and women into indentured servants.

Work takes priority over everything, even prayer and classes.

Former employees said work takes priority over everything. If counseling or classes interfered with the job, the decision was clear. “It’s work,” said Aaron Snyder, who participated in the program and later worked as a dorm manager. “You’re going to work.”The men also perform free labor for CAAIR’s founders, family and friends.

The men do free labor for the owners of 'Christian' rehab i.e. slave labor company

A group of men said they helped remodel the Wilkersons’ master bedroom. Another said he helped one of their daughters pack boxes and move. Still others worked on an egg farm owned by the Wilkersons’ other daughter. The program told the courts that it was community service, according to employees.

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