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Wed Aug 17, 2022, 11:52 AM

Kids-For-Cash Judges Ordered to Pay More Than $200M

Source: Associated Press

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press

Two Pennsylvania judges who orchestrated a scheme to send children to for-profit jails in exchange for kickbacks were ordered to pay more than $200 million to hundreds of children who fell victim to their crimes.

U.S. District Judge Judge Christopher Conner awarded $106 million in compensatory damages and $100 million in punitive damages to nearly 300 plaintiffs in a long-running civil suit against the judges.

In what came to be known as the kids-for-cash scandal, Mark Ciavarella and another judge, Michael Conahan, shut down a county-run juvenile detention center and accepted $2.8 million in illegal payments from the builder and co-owner of two for-profit lockups. Ciavarella, who presided over juvenile court, pushed a zero-tolerance policy that guaranteed large numbers of kids would be sent to PA Child Care and its sister facility, Western PA Child Care.

Ciavarella ordered children as young as 8 to detention, many of them first-time offenders convicted of petty theft and other minor crimes. The judge often ordered youths he had found delinquent to be immediately shackled, handcuffed and taken away without giving them a chance to say goodbye to their families.

Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2022-08-17/kids-for-cash-judges-ordered-to-pay-more-than-200m

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Reply Kids-For-Cash Judges Ordered to Pay More Than $200M (Original post)
swag Aug 17 OP
packman Aug 17 #1
GreenWave Aug 17 #2
cstanleytech Aug 17 #3
Midnight Writer Aug 17 #4
Locrian Aug 17 #6
DENVERPOPS Aug 17 #5
elleng Aug 17 #7
thesquanderer Aug 17 #8
Grins Aug 17 #9

Response to swag (Original post)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 11:56 AM

1. Good luck on collecting that sum from those two

Disgusting pieces of shit, but no way to get that settlement. I can see the state, somehow, having to reach a settlement with the plaintiffs.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 01:38 PM

2. Let them break rocks at a dollar a bag if they cannot pay.

Hard labor should be part of their punishment.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 01:56 PM

3. The judges should have gotten enough jail time that they would never be released IMO.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 02:00 PM

4. What about the companies that paid the bribes to these judges?

They skate so they can buy more judges? Wouldn't they have deeper pockets than the judges?

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 02:53 PM

6. my thoughts exactly

>>accepted $2.8 million in illegal payments from the builder and co-owner of two for-profit lockups
I mean WTF? As a bad as the judges are - what about the people offering the bribes?

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Response to swag (Original post)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 02:15 PM

5. Wasn't this the EXACT scenario of

a "Law and Order" episode's plot a few years back/???????????????

Maybe the judges saw it, and thought: why not, ......we just won't get caught......

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Response to DENVERPOPS (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 03:13 PM

7. YES YES YES!!!

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Response to swag (Original post)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 03:47 PM

8. "for-profit jails" simply should not exist in the first place. (n/t)

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Response to swag (Original post)

Wed Aug 17, 2022, 04:06 PM

9. I remember this. It was 13 YEARS AGO!

Why did it take this long?

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