Anyone remember the Pennsylvania judge that was locking teens away and receiving payments to do it? Just in case this is a new idea, here is the background. Former Luzerne County (Pennsylvania) Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was paid over $1,000,000.00 as he sat on the bench to keep the local juvenile detention centers full. For those who may not be familiar with the jail or prison system, it bears noting that more and more prisons are privately owned and operated. Keeping them full is a profitable business. A couple of Pennsylvania judges received kickbacks for keeping the juvie jails full.
That’s the back story in a nutshell. Today one former judge was sentenced to 28 years in a federal prison for his part in the plot to put kids in jail in exchange for cash. Now, here’s a real kicker, according to one report Ciavarella was upset with the Attorney General for dubbing the case “kids for cash” saying it ruined his career and reputation. Isn’t that a joke? Just goes to show that this former judge has no real perspective and if he thinks publicly calling the case by the offensive “kids for cash” moniker ruined his reputation, he will have time to think about it. Maybe he can also think about his after arrest statement that the payments were legal.
Anyway, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 cases involving the jailed juveniles and now the judge goes to jail. At age 61, perhaps he can enjoy his retirement years at the Crossbar Hotel.