An bombshell article is accusing an Oklahoma rehab facility called Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery of using defendants as slave workers. Reveal News reveals allegations made by 23-year-old Brad McGahey, who was arrested for stealing a horse trailer. He was also late on court fines.
In 2010, a judge ordered him to go to Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery (CAAIR), also known as “the Chicken Farm,” according to court records. The farm is supposed to offer addiction treatment and work skills. According to the story, many non-violent offenders from Oklahoma and nearby states spend a year on the farm, according to the Arkansas Times. McGahey had no addiction problems, according to court documents.
“It was a slave camp,” McGahey said. “I can’t believe the court sent me there.”
Reveal News alleges that McGahey was forced to pull guts from slaughtered chickens, which would eventually make their way to fast food restaurants and grocery stores. McGahey claimed there was little substance abuse treatment at CAAIR and that when he worked too slowly on the assembly line, his bosses would threaten him with prison time. McGahey worked for free.
Another defendant from the CAAIR program backed up McGahey’s claims.
“They work you to death. They work you every single day,” said Nate Turner, who left CAAIR in 2015. “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.”
Court records also back up some of the claims. In one case, a man’s hands became gnarled after hanging chickens with shackles. Another claimed he was burned with acid. Others were mangled by machines.
The Oklahoma ACLU is discussing filing a lawsuit for the allegations, according to the Arkansas Times.
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