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Why Sending Defendants to Religious Work Camps Could Be Illegal

nonprofit group is asking 24 Oklahoma courts to stop sending defendants to a Christian drug rehabilitation center that forces them to attend church and work for free at a chicken plant. According to Reveal by The Center for Investigative Reporting, The Freedom From Religion Foundation says sending people to Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery violates religious liberties established by the First Amendment. Three men who were sent there have filed a class action lawsuit against the rehab center, claiming they were forced into slave labor by having to work in the chicken plant without getting paid. A podcast by the reporters who investigated the case is available here.

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