An American judge known for his harsh and autocratic courtroom manner was jailed for 28 years for conspiring with private prisons to hand young offenders maximum sentences in return for kickbacks amounting to millions of dollars.
Mark Ciavarella Jnr was ordered to pay $1.2m (£770,000) in
restitution after he was found to be a “figurehead” in the conspiracy
that saw thousands of children unjustly punished in the name of profit
in the case that became known as “kids for cash”.
Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by the
former Luzerne County judge between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated
the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to
legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Ciavarella
Jnr, 61, was tried and convicted of racketeering charges earlier this
year but his lawyers had asked for a “reasonable” sentence, claiming
that he had already been punished enough. (HE'S A FUCKING CORRUPT JUDGE, HE CANNOT BE PUNISHED ENOUGH!)
accused Ciavarella Jnr and a second judge, Michael Conahan, of taking
more than $2m in bribes from the builder of the PA Child Care and
Western PA Child Care detention centres and extorting hundreds of
thousands of dollars from the facilities’ co-owner. Ciavarella Jnr
filled the beds of the private prisons with children as young as 10,
many of them first-time offenders convicted minor crimes.
Wow they found two of them, I'm really surprised at how these two corrupt judges were convicted, were they annoying at the cocktail parties or something? I'll start getting optimistic when more are found. The American Prison System is just business now. Human Resource management... Private prisons ffs, how could you ever let it come this far.
also check this out:
I Thought Solitary Confinement in Iran Was Bad -- Then I Went Inside America's Prisons
We throw thousands of people in prison for the books they read, the company they keep, the beliefs they hold. Here's why.