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Utah Rehab Program Under Investigation


Utah Rehab Program Under Investigation
Feb 03 8:12 AM US/Eastern
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A rehabilitation program at a church is facing allegations it forced people to work as telemarketers for 28 cents an hour under the threat they could go back to jail.

The state Department of Human Services, which investigated the program, notified the House of Refuge on Thursday that it had 10 days to explain itself before its license would be revoked and the program shut down.

The men were sent to the program by judges or state agencies for substance abuse rehabilitation. A department report said they were paid about 28 cents an hour, but even those wages were withheld and donated to the church.

Most of the men in the program have since been pulled out, officials said. It was unclear if anyone remained in it Friday.

"They've already found other placements or have gone back home or have been pulled out by their probation officers," said Ken Stettler, director of licensing at the Department of Human Services. "I don't think they've got too many left, but they wouldn't let us in today."

Steve Sandlin, one of the pastors at Central Christ Church, said he was preparing a response and did not have an immediate comment.

State Department of Commerce Executive Director Francine Giani said the Division of Consumer Protection also found that the telemarketing company was not registered as a business in the state. She said Sandlin was told two weeks ago to shut it down or register it. The company had not been registered as of Thursday.
Locate the blind spot in the culture--the place where the culture isn't looking, because it dare not--because if it were to look there, its previous values would dissolve.
Terence McKenna
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Anyone find it strange that Ken Stettler the head of licensing of Utah wasn't allowed in this facility? Does his agency need PERMISSION to go into a facility that is licensed by his agency? Utah is some strange place.

Synanon used to use it's inmates for slave labor too. Back in the day they were the biggest manufacturer of pens and pencils with advertising on them.
Even a little boy sees rottenness rewarded and good people smacked down. Unctuous rationalizations of this by otherwise sensible adults disgust little children.
John Taylor Gatto
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