Surprise, Surprise: Judge Sentenced to 28 Years For Sending Young People To Jail In Exchange For Money

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August 3, 2013 ‐ By Drenna Armstrong
"MC2a"

Times-Tribune

Just about everyday we read something in the news that will send us to the highest levels of anger. This story won’t be any different.

According to Rolling Out magazine, a Pennsylvania judge was taking bribes to send young people to jail or detention center. Former Judge Mark A. Ciavarella apparently worked with prison officials to make sure that the juvenile facilities stayed pack.  When the prison system is full, that almost always reaps financial rewards for those over them.

According to the report, Ciavarella would send kids to jail for the most minor of offenses – fighting, mocking school officials, etc – and in return, he would receive a nice settlement.  Things that would normally earn a child an in-school suspension would result in months or years of jail time.

In 2011, he was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role. It was hound that he made $2.6 million out of this scheme but was forced to pay back $1 million.  After more research, the Pennsylvania Court System overturned more than 4,000 cases that he’d presided over.

Ciavarella tried to appeal to have the case overturned but was recently denied.

I’m not sure why this story is just starting to take flight but See, this…this!! This is why so many people are turned off my police and legal officials.  While we know that no child is perfect, we all know that there are children unnecessarily caught up in a system for minor reasons.  There seem to be few people that are trustworthy. Further, while the article didn’t mention it, it would not come as a surprise if many of the young people who were handed these sentences were black.

Does something like this even surprise you?

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  • aDayLateAndAdollarShort

    MN please hire some editors or interns. I give up on reading articles after the THIRD grammatical error.

  • lol

    H*ll no,it doesn’t surprise me, what gets me is the fact that white people now this but they still turn around and throw out stats on how many blacks youths are in jail, like blk people are so crime ridden.. its the unfair low down dirty white justice system that puts them there compared to whites! and this fleabag judge had the nerve to be collecting millions for is dirt!

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  • Kam

    This was actually reported in the news back in 2011.

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  • NatashaDecemberBabyThomas

    Karma is a mother…….!

  • whocaresiknowidont

    This actually made me LOL. You see his clean cut caucasian face with the entitled grin on it? I bet 20 virgins and 10 hairless goats that this guy doesn’t see one day in anyone’s jail. LOL, nice try though.

  • Anita Laurence

    I am so surprise? Taking out the trash one by one, Known schemers and liars! Always has been and always will be!

  • m

    SERIOUSLY who edits your content??! I’ve asked this over and over. This site has been going on too long to not have writers who can proofread their own work or an editor to make sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen. Who are you employing?! UGH

  • hollyw

    This was literally a Law & Order episode. I thought it was a female judge trumping up the charges, not that it matters… Smh, how do you stray so far, that’s like a teacher getting paid to give kids F’s…disgrace.

    • Tee Elyse

      Yes! I saw that episode! Labeled that teenage girl as a s. ex offender for
      sending naked texts to her boyfriend and said it was child p0rn! I was
      so happy when they got her back at the end!

      • hollyw

        Ikr, that ish threw me for a BIG loop! I hate when they throw plot twists in at the end lol

    • Christophe Tam

      A Law & Order SVU episode to be specific. The case was also mentioned in Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story. Ciavarella was sending them to a private correctional facility and he received money from the facility’s owners.

    • Reese

      That episode was actually based off of this case. SVU loves taking episode ideas from the headlines.

  • Fadil Mazrekaj

    Wundabar