Skip to comments.Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to Prison System
Posted on 12/15/2013 5:48:11 AM PST by Renfield
(Black News) Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.
Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
His kids for cash program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
Only bigger and bigger government can save us...
Guess which party? (It’s unmentionable.)
See? Nothing to fear from law enforcement, unless you’re doing something wrong!
The police and courts are just looking out for you.
The Court didn't claim that he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles.
The Court determined that he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles,
There is big, big money in the jail and prison businesses and this points out just one of the ways law enforcement gets rich.
Sentence and punishment far too lenient.
If there is any justice, he’ll meet some of those juveniles now grown in prison.
And that’s why I’m against the privatization of the prison industry, no matter how much it saves tax payers.
As in similar scandals involving systemic judicial corruption, there were years of rumors and irregular practices before a determined official investigation was launched. It was eventually shown that many people were involved at a criminal level of culpability.
In Pa (at least when I lived there), judges ran on a non-partisan ticket. The parties did endorse certain ones though.
Do you know him to be a Democrat or endorsed by the Democrats?
His organs should be taken out and sold; with no anesthesia used.
The guy should be drawn and quartered. This is not just some ole crime, this is the kind of thing that starts a revolution. If you can’t trust the judges, you can’t trust the government.
There was a Law and Order SUV episode about this very thing.
Though most of our congresscritters would sell us all out for money and power.
Let me guess. The judge was a known Tea Party member?
Wikipedia states he was elected on the Luzerne County Democratic ticket in 1995. Furthermore , his co-conspirator, Michael T. Conahan who is currently serving a 17 year prison term on the same charges , is also a Democrat. I know I frequently hear of retention elections in PA and they do run on party lines.
This doesn't "mostly" prove anything of the kind. It proves this particular judge and prison operator were corrupt, but of itself it doesn't say anything about "the system" at all.
You can take that to the bank.
Excellent reply! I get so tired of the posts by some individuals here. They are so ready to castigate an entire segment of law enforcement because of a bad apple. The only thing missing from this entire thread is the moron wondering if any dogs were shot.
The subtext is that the profit motive is the root cause of corruption.
Which is just not true. At least as much evil is done for impeccably altruistic motives and/or out of a lust for power.
Let me guess. The judge was a known Tea Party member?
Yeah, and he drove a Tahoe.
I lived near Mark for a few years. He was a pompous ass. Story he told was that he gave one of the kids the number of blackbirds on the powerline outside the courtroom window, as years of confinement. His friend and others,all Democrats, built a brand new detention center and rented it to the county. The old one was fine but the new one earned them all money.
Got what he deserved.
“is the moron wondering if any dogs were shot.”
About 20 years ago my german shepard was shot by city police. My dog was known to be possibly the smartest dog in the county and everyone wanted her puppies including the county sheriff who had one. The sheriff was really unhappy about this. The only good news was I still had 2 of her pups.
No...It was a Jeep Grand Larceny
Were any dogs shot?
Couldn’t help myself...
Should have added a 100 years to t. Private prisons are a tragedy and should be declared unconstitutional.
all the Rats care about is power and pelf
I hope he rots there
I agree. I think that ego driven lust for power is probably a greater motivator than money.
My post was not intended to minimize the pain you experienced or to excuse possible unlawful behavior by law enforcement. It was to point out that there is always some moron wondering if an animal was killed, whether or not it has anything to do with the story.
Took long enough to give this dirtbag his way overdue justice...
He pleaded guilty in 2009... finally convicted of racketeering 2011...
Ditto-- I've seen it twice in reruns. Unthinkable; yet whoop! Here it is... like something out of Dickens.
I’m getting to the point of detesting judges just as much as I do cops.
In the Law and Order episode it was a female judge.
That's because they get their story lines from the headlines. There are no new original ideas anymore. Just look at Broadway.
OMG -- I'm so sorry! Montgomery County?
I could care less which party he belongs to. I would hang him by his legs like a piñata and let the victims have at him. Once he's bloody and dead I would let the vultures have at him.
What a piece of trash.
no, small town in Ohio
This Judge was not part of the private prison system. He is government. Only the government has the power to falsely incarcerate .
here in Mississippi, there is a great outcry and legal muscle from the southern povrty L.C. (misspelled words may be intentional) that city school kids are on a pipeline to prison (phrase used by local agitator) so the aforementioned human rights organism and the recent holder of the title attorney general have foisted on the local school system a set of guidelines dictating pu nishment schedules which are so lax, and so detrimental to learning that teachers are quitting in droves and a dem state senator has come out against against the agreement between the J D and the local schools. I guess they didn’t have time to look for real profiteering in a northern state
If I was one of the parents not investing in $1.00 lead would be a tough decision!
This is an old story. The guy has been in prison for some time. Not sure why you’re posting it now.
Regarding political affiliation, yes, he was/is a Democrat. In it’s reporting of the story over the years, the AP studiously avoided mentioning the judge’s political affiliation. Imagine that!
> He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
By “children” is meant “juveniles tried as adults due to the nature of the crime”. Thanks Renfield. Demagogic Party ping.
I have no doubt this goes on in many places. Penn is going to be paying for decades to the victims. This judge should be hanged.
“it doesn’t say anything about “the system” at all. “
It says everything about the system as it IS the system.
Ex-judge Ciavarella angry, defiant at sentencing
“They are so ready to castigate an entire segment of law enforcement because of a bad apple. “
“A” bad apple? A single bad apple? This took many people to pull off, not a single person.
Besides that, your own comment condemns the entire system as it would show that “a bad apple” can do so much damage. Any system whereby a single person can do so much damage is a very dangerous system.