Inside a Judge’s Rehab: Unpaid Work at a Local Coca-Cola Plant

From Reveal.org: Retired Oklahoma Judge Thomas Landrith is hailed as a hero of criminal justice reform, but he also is involved in a more sinister byproduct of that cause: He started his own rehab work camp where defendants must work full time for free at a local Coca-Cola bottling plant and other companies.

Upcoming Tulsa Forum: The Marijuana Question

Oklahoma Watch will host an “Oklahoma Watch-Out” public forum previewing what could be one of the most controversial issues on a statewide ballot next year: State Question 788, which would legalize medical marijuana.

Rehab Work Camps Were Facing Regulation. Then a Friend Stepped In.

Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery operated for years in rural Oklahoma without oversight by the state. When several deaths occurred at other rehabs, legislators moved to regulate the programs. That’s when Republican lawmaker Doug Cox stepped in.

The Judge Called It Rehab, But It Ended Up Being a Chicken Farm

Across the country, including in Oklahoma, judges increasingly are sending defendants to rehab instead of prison or jail. But in the rush to spare people from prison, some judges are steering defendants into rehabs that are little more than lucrative work camps for private industry,