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 with addiction from prison, judges are steering defendants into rehabs that often are little more than lucrative work camps for private industry.
Reveal reporters dug into this issue and found one program in Oklahoma that sends participants to work in plants that process chicken for KFC, PetSmart, and Walmart, among other brands. Workers who got injured have been sent to prison and some never received proper care.