Weekend Edition: Oklahoma Felons Sent to Work Camps Without Pay
For this Weekend Edition, the lawyers at Bury Your Past are listening to an episode of Reveal that examines the life of felons in a court-ordered work camp. Reveal's podcast "All Work. No Pay. Life at a rehab work camp.", discusses the unintended consequences of sending indigent defendants to free rehabilitation work camps.
In this edition of Reveal, Al Letson and his investigative team follow several defendants who entered a plea that required they complete mandatory drug and alcohol counseling. For some rural counties, this means the defendants are signing up to work without pay in a chicken processing plant along the border of Oklahoma.
Working in these factories involves many of the unpleasant aspects of rendering chicken carcasses, but it also puts the defendants at risk of life and limb without compensation. One defendant suffered an injury while participating in his drug court work program and found out he wasn't eligible for worker's compensation.
Making matters worse, these programs are not bound by any Oklahoma Department of Corrections policies and procedures and the program blatantly flaunts the DOC's safety concerns during the interview.
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