It is becoming more apparent that the nation’s criminal justice system is about profit rather than justice. Look at the host of “crimes” that you can get off from by being enrolled in some pre-trial diversion program or other paid venture. Funny how so many argue about how we should be tough on crime but seem to be soft if they can get money out of it. This, however, lays it bare. Let’s pay judges money to send folks to private facilities. If operators and builders of these facilities are willing to pay big money—as in the millions—to get “clients,” that should tell you there big money to be made in sending people to jail. For an interesting perspective on the problem, check out this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eneijSpUMA&feature=youtu.be
Builder in ‘Kids for Cash’ Scandal to Be Sentenced
SCRANTON, Pa. A(AP)
A developer at the center of one of the biggest judicial scandals in U.S. history is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Federal prosecutors say two Luzerne County judges took $2.1 million in illegal payments from Robert Mericle, builder of a pair of for-profit youth detention centers. Former Judges Mark Ciavarella (shiv-uh-REL’-uh) Jr. and Michael Conahan are serving lengthy prison sentences for their roles in the so-called “kids for cash” scandal.
Mericle pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony. He faces eight to 14 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines but could receive less based on his testimony against Ciavarella. Mericle will be sentenced by a federal judge in Scranton.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out some 4,000 juvenile convictions issued by Ciavarella, saying he routinely trampled on juvenile offenders’ civil rights.