Meet the “Kids for cash” scandal where two judges were paid by for profit prisons to send kids to jail.

Kids for cash scandal

For the documentary, see Kids for Cash.

Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

The “kids for cash” scandal centered on judicial kickbacks to two judges at the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In 2008, judges Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella were convicted of accepting money in return for imposing harsh adjudications on juveniles to increase occupancy at for-profit detention centers.

Ciavarella disposed thousands of children to extended stays in youth centers for offenses as trivial as mocking an assistant principal on Myspace or trespassing in a vacant building. After a judge rejected an initial plea agreement in 2009, a federal grand jury returned a 48-count indictment. In … Continue Reading (11 minute read)

11 thoughts on “Meet the “Kids for cash” scandal where two judges were paid by for profit prisons to send kids to jail.”

  1. Ebay73

    So who paid the judges and how much time did they get??!!

  2. PocketSpaghettios

    Hey that’s my city!

    I highly recommend the 2013 Kids for Cash documentary

  3. Delmarvablacksmith

    A reminder that at least one of the kids that this happened to killed himself.

  4. TokimusPrime

    It wasn’t just two. It’s still happening today all over America. Prisons for profit is disgusting.

  5. yalyublyumenya

    What kind of monster do you have to be to sell kids into slavery? How do you sleep at night. I’m glad they’re languishing in prison, broke, and fittingly toiling away in the same servitude they sold those kids into, and they’ll probably die doing it.

  6. Abe_Vigoda

    Man you guys are like 40 years late.

    Since the 70s, the war on drugs has been a scam that cons taxpayers into paying rich people to lock up poor people.

    This article is just talking about privately owned prisons. Interestingly enough, some of them are used to make all sorts of goods like bulletproof vests and Victoria Secrets underpants. They use inmates as cheap labour. Legalized sweatshops really.

    Publicly owned prisons are different. They claim to be not for profit but all the companies that provide services are absolutely for profit and they get fat government contracts. If you have money to invest, prison service companies have typically been a really good ROI.

    80s rappers grew up in the 70s during the crack epidemic. They found role models like Malcolm X who influenced them to try and avoid the poverty to prison trap by staying away from drugs and crime and trying to be better citizens.

    The corporate music industry turned around and introduced gangster rap which glorified criminality and undermined low income high risk youth. That’s why you get all those new dead rappers nowadays because they had intentionally bad role models.

    Some of the companies that invest in media also invest in prisons. It’s in their best interest to have poor kids act like dumbasses.

  7. mainlyupsetbyhumans

    There was a local criminal court judge i knew of that was on the board of directors of the privately owned regional correctional facility convicts from his county were sent to. He literally always sentence people to jail time even when probation or fines were recommended.

  8. preparanoid

    Great, now “1-8-7-7-cash-for-kids” is stuck in my head

  9. notaedivad

    Slavery is still alive today in the US

  10. pineapple6900

    Literally the plot of the movie Holes

  11. Birdie121

    The judges got 18 and 28 year sentences. IMO they should be in jail for life for happily ruining children’s lives for money.

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