Judge accused of sentencing kids to juvie for kickbacks

In a case that has outraged Pennsylvania, former Juvenile Court Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and former President Judge Michael T. Conahan are accused of taking $2.9 million in exchange for shipping children and teenagers off to for-profit juvenile detention centers. Children accused of offenses such as giving the finger to a police officer and creating a MySpace page that made fun of an assistant principal ended up in kiddie prison, while the judges pocketed cash.

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That’s a lot of young lives ruined. So glad they were overturned and I hope the kids records will be cleaned too.

Thanks for the update.

Well, donna, I hope he does the entire 17.5 years, but I doubt he will do a third of that. I think he should do the TOTAL amount of time the kids were all sentenced to, PLUS THE 17.5 YEARS….he should do a day for every day a kid did. Grrrrrr (that’s the sound of my teeth grinding!)

Ox, that sounds like a perfect punishment to me.

4,000 kids times however many days each spent + punitive time on top of it. And, come to think of it, his “kick backs” should be repossessed and spread out among the kids he locked up to pay for their college, the therapy they now need, or something like that.

This seems like a perfectly logical punishment to me, yet why do I already hear someone calling me harsh?

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