Topic: For profit (nonprofit) forced gulag rehabs.
Found something troubling during a talk with a coworker who was a former heroin addict. He did not go there, but ran into many who did.
It seems my state and the neighboring state of Texas have forced " rehab" work farms for dug addicts.
In my hometown, the facility is called Cenikor.
The way it works is this. Let's say you get popped for something really stupid. I mean, more than stupid. I mean DARWIN level natural selection poster boy stupid. Stuff like breaking into a house while carrying your bag of heroin in your coat pocket. Or, you get pulled over with a huge batch of crystal meth swerving down the road hallucinating that ninjas are on the hood trying to throw them off the car in a school zone. Or, in punching a hole in your pregnant girlfriend's face, the cops catch your 10 weed plants out back.
It's your first offence, but a felony.
Your public defender comes to you with a deal....
Spend 4 years in Angola, one of the roughest prisons in the United States
Spend 18 months in a rehab.
The public defender pumps it up. It's in a nice area. You can beat your addiction. Get better. They will get you work. Move on in life. 18 months beats 4 years.
Unfortunately, when you get there, it is packed balls to ass. There is no "rehab". Nor are there any licensed addiction counselors in the whole complex. The only medical people there are a nurse or two with bottles of water and some aspirin or ibuprofen.
You are split into work parties to work with one of Cenikor's "partners" where they take almost all your paycheck to pay for your "rehab".
They feed you crud, leaving all the good stuff in overpriced vending machines to regain even the change you get from working for almost free for 40+ hours a week.
They discipline for for even petty issues.
Worse, anything happens like someone gets in a fight with you or you look at someone the wrong way - even if it is your last month there - you go to prison for the full sentence. You get no credit for time spent at Cenikor.
Now, I realize mostly only really fucked up and stupid people end up in that situation. And, you will not hear a tear shed from me for some crackhead that bashed in someone's car window to steal something and got caught. But, it would seem to me that if you are a company proporting to offer a medical service, you would offer a medical service. Not a work farm to grease the hands of DAs and a nonprofit.