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

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)

Leave a Comment