Oklahoma residents were expecting something different when they were sent to this “rehab” center instead of getting hard time in prison. They found out the hard way that slavery isn’t actually abolished in the U.S.
Brad McGahey, a now-30-year-old man from rural Oklahoma, thought he got lucky when a judge sent him to the Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery center instead of jail. He was not an addict, but doing time at what locals called “the Chicken Farm” seemed easier than prison.
Instead, McGahey told the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal news site, he found himself in a “slave camp.”
These sorts of rehab facilities, Reveal noted, “have become the bedrock of criminal justice reform” — centers that are supposed to rehabilitate people who may otherwise join the large number of formerly imprisoned people who end up back in the system.
While many of the programs “promise freedom from addiction,” they’ve instead “turned thousands of men and women into indentured servants.”
As McGahey told Reveal, CAAIR, the center he was sent to in lieu of prison, took his wages from slaughtering and processing chickens for the likes of Wal-Mart and Popeye’s, and “threatened him with prison” if he worked too slow or was injured on the job, reported Raw Story.
Documents obtained by Reveal show that one man’s hands became too gnarled to work, while others received acid burns or were maimed by machinery on the job.
Rather than get worker’s comp. for being injured on the unpaid job, they were sent to jail when they could no longer work, but many had to work “through the pain, fearing the same fate.”
“They work you to death. They work you every single day,” Nate Turner, a 2015 CAAIR graduate, told Reveal. “It’s a work camp. They know people are desperate to get out of jail, and they’ll do whatever they can do to stay out of prison.”
The 13th Amendment “bans slavery and involuntary servitude in the United States, except as punishment for convicts.” So slavery is alive and well in the U.S., not just for prisoners, but for people trying to avoid jail as well.
This is why the U.S. has a higher incarceration rate than any other country int he world, prisoners are used for legalized slavery.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)