‘Kids For Cash’ Judge Gets 28-Year Prison Sentence

ap_Mark_Ciavarella_nt_110818_wgPennsylvania Judge Mark Ciavarella jailed teenagers for minor offenses (e.g. satirizing a teacher on Myspace) in return for over $1 million in kickbacks from the area’s for-profit youth prison. Mother Sandy Fonzo alleges that Judge Ciavarella is only “the tip of the iceberg” in a practice that is occurring across the country. Fonzo’s star-wrestler son, whom Ciavarella sentenced, committed suicide after spending six months imprisoned among violent offenders as punishment for being caught with a marijuana pipe. In her words, “Judge Ciavarella is proof that for-profit incarceration cannot happen.”

The Kids For Cash scandal involved more than 30 state and local government officials and contractors, says ABC News.

39 Comments on "‘Kids For Cash’ Judge Gets 28-Year Prison Sentence"

  1. StillAtMyMoms | Aug 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm |

    Definitely an example of “taste of your own medicine.”

  2. StillAtMyMoms | Aug 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm |

    Definitely an example of “taste of your own medicine.”

  3. StillAtMyMoms | Aug 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm |

    Definitely an example of “taste of your own medicine.”

  4. Anonymous | Aug 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm |

    “By 2001 AD, capitalistic countries have privatized all government organizations. Prisons, like car parks, have become franchised businesses…”

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=417949348888674336

    We’re a lot closer to that than I’d like. 

  5. MadHierophant | Aug 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm |

    “By 2001 AD, capitalistic countries have privatized all government organizations. Prisons, like car parks, have become franchised businesses…”

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=417949348888674336

    We’re a lot closer to that than I’d like. 

  6. Two comments:

    1.  It’s worth reiterating that his is a FEDERAL sentence.  There’s a BIG difference between a federal sentence and a non-federal sentence.

    2.  Isn’t Pennsylvania a creepy state?  I hear so many unsettling tales… e.g. school teachers spying on their students through webcams; the Dover intelligent design case; draconian fines for minor traffic offenses; weird curfew laws for youths.  

  7. Two comments:

    1.  It’s worth reiterating that his is a FEDERAL sentence.  There’s a BIG difference between a federal sentence and a non-federal sentence.

    2.  Isn’t Pennsylvania a creepy state?  I hear so many unsettling tales… e.g. school teachers spying on their students through webcams; the Dover intelligent design case; draconian fines for minor traffic offenses; weird curfew laws for youths.  

  8. great title

  9. great title

  10. Hadrian999 | Aug 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm |

    all forms of political and legal corruption need much harsher penalties, people say oh well it’s just a little graft but the real life consequences can be life shattering for those effected

  11. Hadrian999 | Aug 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm |

    all forms of political and legal corruption need much harsher penalties, people say oh well it’s just a little graft but the real life consequences can be life shattering for those effected

  12. Monkey See Monkey Do | Aug 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm |

    A month in a child prison and 4 months of boot camp for a marijuana pipe. Marijuana pipes are legal where i live. time and time again i cant get over the the draconian drug laws in some american states. A modern western country, people need to stand up!

  13. Monkey See Monkey Do | Aug 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm |

    A month in a child prison and 4 months of boot camp for a marijuana pipe. Marijuana pipes are legal where i live. time and time again i cant get over the the draconian drug laws in some american states. A modern western country, people need to stand up!

  14. Monkey See Monkey Do | Aug 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm |

    A month in a child prison and 4 months of boot camp for a marijuana pipe. Marijuana pipes are legal where i live. time and time again i cant get over the the draconian drug laws in some american states. A modern western country, people need to stand up!

  15. Doesn’t the profit motive lead to some wonderful behavior? It just brings the best out of everyone.

  16. Anarchy Pony | Aug 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |

    Doesn’t the profit motive lead to some wonderful behavior? It just brings the best out of everyone.

  17. Monkey's Uncle | Aug 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm |

    This motherfucker should be publicly flogged and then given life in prison. 

  18. This motherfucker should be publicly flogged and then given life in prison. 

  19. I am so sick of corruption! I can’t fucking stand it! Why can’t people IN POWER just do the right thing.
    Always hiding behind Jesus and the flag claiming higher moral ground but everything they say and do is evil and they don’t care until they are caught. I’m so sick of all the bullshit. this world has so much potential to be an amazing place to grow and develop without fear and boogiemen and bombs and apathy.

  20. I am so sick of corruption! I can’t fucking stand it! Why can’t people IN POWER just do the right thing.
    Always hiding behind Jesus and the flag claiming higher moral ground but everything they say and do is evil and they don’t care until they are caught. I’m so sick of all the bullshit. this world has so much potential to be an amazing place to grow and develop without fear and boogiemen and bombs and apathy.

  21. I am so sick of corruption! I can’t fucking stand it! Why can’t people IN POWER just do the right thing.
    Always hiding behind Jesus and the flag claiming higher moral ground but everything they say and do is evil and they don’t care until they are caught. I’m so sick of all the bullshit. this world has so much potential to be an amazing place to grow and develop without fear and boogiemen and bombs and apathy.

  22. I am so sick of corruption! I can’t fucking stand it! Why can’t people IN POWER just do the right thing.
    Always hiding behind Jesus and the flag claiming higher moral ground but everything they say and do is evil and they don’t care until they are caught. I’m so sick of all the bullshit. this world has so much potential to be an amazing place to grow and develop without fear and boogiemen and bombs and apathy.

  23. Tyler Durden | Aug 17, 2011 at 11:07 pm |

    Hopefully this follows with a civil suit and they can remove the $1 million in bribes he took plus damages for the families he wrecked out of his estate, then he’s free to die.

  24. Tyler Durden | Aug 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm |

    Hopefully this follows with a civil suit and they can remove the $1 million in bribes he took plus damages for the families he wrecked out of his estate, then he’s free to die.

  25. DeepCough | Aug 18, 2011 at 1:01 am |

    Think of the children here for a sec: we’re teaching them that it’s okay to be sold out by a corrupt judge for money. This is bullshit.

  26. DeepCough | Aug 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm |

    Think of the children here for a sec: we’re teaching them that it’s okay to be sold out by a corrupt judge for money. This is bullshit.

  27. frandeig66 | Aug 18, 2011 at 3:19 am |

    Corporations are citizens, judges get paid to jail innocence, the air and water is poisoned, the poor pay for the economic crisis… America is doomed

  28. frandeig66 | Aug 17, 2011 at 11:19 pm |

    Corporations are citizens, judges get paid to jail innocence, the air and water is poisoned, the poor pay for the economic crisis… America is doomed

  29. This piece of shit should get the death penalty

  30. This piece of shit should get the death penalty

  31. E.B. Wolf | Aug 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm |

    I’ll be shocked if this sentence isn’t seriously reduced or commuted on appeal. Weasels look out for their own.

  32. E.B. Wolf | Aug 18, 2011 at 11:23 am |

    I’ll be shocked if this sentence isn’t seriously reduced or commuted on appeal. Weasels look out for their own.

  33. This is just one of the reasons why private jail system turns easily into a mafia Economic, Judicial and Political sell out System. A Mafia. Their interest is to put as much people in jail as possible for small offenses for as long as possible. Those judges, politicians and corporation owners of those private jail system are the ones who MUST go to jail and spend the rest of their lives behind bars, working for 0.23 cents an hour making buts as they are doing in America. This is a mafia that has taken America by the balls and must be stop along with the war industry promoted by the same kind of people. Those are evil angry greedy rotten souls. They must be stop, by the people witch lives they are destroying for MONEY! 

  34. This is just one of the reasons why private jail system turns easily into a mafia Economic, Judicial and Political sell out System. A Mafia. Their interest is to put as much people in jail as possible for small offenses for as long as possible. Those judges, politicians and corporation owners of those private jail system are the ones who MUST go to jail and spend the rest of their lives behind bars, working for 0.23 cents an hour making buts as they are doing in America. This is a mafia that has taken America by the balls and must be stop along with the war industry promoted by the same kind of people. Those are evil angry greedy rotten souls. They must be stop, by the people witch lives they are destroying for MONEY! 

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  36. Anonymous | Aug 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm |

    evil evil evil evil evil evil evil evil bastard.

  37. cakey pig | Aug 19, 2011 at 10:25 am |

    evil evil evil evil evil evil evil evil bastard.

  38. Tuna Ghost | Aug 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm |

    Jesus god, 6 months for possession???  Of just paraphernali???  Most of my friends have done time for possession of narcotics and took jail time over the probation and whatnot, and none of them got that much time.  How the fuck did he ever get away with this?  

    Christ what a shit-eating fucknut.  I hope he runs into some of the people he put away while he’s in there.  

  39. Tuna Ghost | Aug 22, 2011 at 9:02 am |

    Jesus god, 6 months for possession???  Of just paraphernali???  Most of my friends have done time for possession of narcotics and took jail time over the probation and whatnot, and none of them got that much time.  How the fuck did he ever get away with this?  

    Christ what a shit-eating fucknut.  I hope he runs into some of the people he put away while he’s in there.  

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