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.
There is no Hell hot enough.
and he’s not the only one either, may this be the first of many
Dr. Ragtime & His Pals - Brickbat Books, Philadelphia, PA, July 10, 2009
In remembrance of Jack Rose’s passing four years ago, here’s a half hour’s worth of Jack and pals (including Harmonica Dan, Nathan Bowles and Glenn Jones). So great. You can also still go grab Rose’s Peel Sessions over here. RIP!
I reviewed the great Ed Askew’s new album, For The World, over at Aquarium Drunkard. It’s a beauty. Ed’s Bandcamp page is filled with stuff worth exploring, including this lovely gig with D&G fave Steve Gunn along for the ride.