Monday, March 02, 2009

Can We Take Up A Collection To Send These Guys Away?

I don't have too much to add to this story, but thought it deserved more than a bullet. Judges in PA were getting kickbacks from a private detention center based on the number of days they sentenced children to serve. I'm not making this up.
Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan received a commission for every day they sent a child to private juvenile detention centres run by Pennsylvania Child Care and a sister company. The pay-offs came to $2.6m over seven years . . . First the judges received monetary rewards for sanctioning the building of a new private-sector prison in their area. Second, they were paid for closing a county-funded prison nearby. And, then, of course, they offered up the “juvenile delinquents” for the benefit of the owners of the new jail.
And how about those people who paid the judges to send them inmates?
The judges are going to jail, but the prison companies have so far avoided prosecution.
Sorry, but this is one outrage we don't have to feign. FO promises to follow up on this story, hopefully to happily report that the bribers are sharing a prison bunk with some all-grown-up felon they helped incarcerate as a juvenile.


WhiteCollar Redneck said...

Read "Lord of the Flies" and tell me how innocent those little darling children are again. Locking them up when they're young is the only chance you have of scaring them straight.

Unknown said...

WCR...more bacon, less bourbon.

Mithridates said...

"Failing to report a felony and covering up tax fraud"? How about "paying to have children imprisoned"? Come on!

But the two comments above make me miss Feigned Outrage . . .

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