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    Posted: Apr 30 2013 at 6:07pm




This happens in the United States: modern day slaver/guilty judge sentenced to 28 years in prison for “selling” kids to private prisons in 2011

Accused of perpetrating a “profound evil,” former Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for illegally accepting money from a juvenile-prison developer while he spent years incarcerating thousands of young people.

Prosecutors said Ciavarella sent juveniles to jail as part of a “kids for cash” scheme involving Robert Mericle, builder of the PA and Western PA Child Care juvenile detention centers. The ex-judge was convicted in February of 12 counts that included racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion.

In addition to his prison sentence, Ciavarella was ordered to pay nearly $1.2 million in restitution.

At his sentencing, Ciavarella acknowledged his illegal acceptance of money from Mericle. But he denied ever jailing a juvenile in exchange for money.

Once the case against Ciavarella surfaced, special investigative panels began reviewing cases he handled from 2003 to 2008. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court concluded that he denied about 5,000 juveniles, some as young as ten, their constitutional rights, leading to the vacating of their convictions.

Among the young people exploited by Ciavarella were 15-year-old Hillary Transue, who was sentenced to three months at a juvenile detention center for mocking an assistant principal on a MySpace page; and 13-year-old Shane Bly, who was sent to a boot camp for two weekends after being accused of trespassing in a vacant building.

Another judge, Michael T. Conahan, used his position to shut down the county-run juvenile detention center and redirect juvenile detainees to the private prisons. He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.
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i wonder how many of those kids were white
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Quite a few if I remember correctly. NBC did a special on them a while back.

Lemme go look for old links.
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My question is where the kids released?
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I was watching a documentary about this a few weekends ago. The name of it escapes me, it was on Netflix. Even though majority of the testimony came from white kids, the statistics showed that incarceration rates were very high for minorities.
 
One girl had her Social Security checks (father deceased) garnished to pay for the cost of living in the detention center if the parent's were unable to foot the bill to them. They made some of the kids stay longer than sentenced. Some places, the juvenile detention centers were closed down and the kids were put in a real prison.
 
 


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http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/01/15/kids-for-cash
http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/father-of-suicidal-man-in-kids-for-cash-case-i-basically-framed-him-1.1109221

ETA: I only ever saw white kids and parents on TV discussing being victims of this judge but mzmee just cleared up that there were brown people too smh.


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People abusing their power and preying on the vulnerable makes me sad.
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good to see they got his ass. i remember hearing of this or something similiar in moore's "capitalism: a love story". i think the place was called "pa child care" or something of the like. the judge was getting kickbacks and extending kids' sentences 2-3 years to up his profits.

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There was an episode of Law & Order about this.
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Yeah I remember seeing that episode a few years back
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