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ACLU class lawsuit: Court-diversion rehab program exploits


November 2, 2017

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A class-action lawsuit filed against an Oklahoma drug rehabilitation program alleges participants were forced to perform thousands of hours of free labor for businesses and individuals in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The ACLU of Oklahoma filed the suit Wednesday on behalf of seven people. It alleges the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program "created a pipeline for forced labor" and human trafficking at its facilities in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and Decatur, Arkansas.

Oklahoma district courts have ordered drug and alcohol offenders to participate in the program as an alternative...

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