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

August 3, 2013  |  

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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