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Kids for CashOr six weeksMatthew Angelia and Charlie are just three children among the thousands who appeared in Ciavarella’s courtroom between 2003 and 2008 and were sent away often with no attorney present and after only cursory hearings to a detention facility in which it later came to light Ciavarella had a personal financial stake As Kids for Cash reveals this miscarriage of justice underscores a multitude of problems with our juvenile justice system which too often criminalizes standard adolescent behavior treats adolescents harshly than if they were adults and denies them their most fundamental constitutional rightsWilliam Ecenbarger a Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Awa. I picked this book up on a whim walking through the library Since I grew up in NEPA I knew the story but it was nice to have it all laid out in a cohesive manner after the fact as opposed to getting bits and pieces in the newspaper over the course of years Definitely reaffirmed my decision to settle down elsewhere

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review Kids for Cash × eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ When thirteen year old Matthew appeared in front of Judge Mark Ciavarella for throwing a piece of steak at his mother’s boyfriend he was sentenced to seven weeks at PA Child Care a private for profit juvenile detention center in northeastern Pennsylvania Angelia was fourteen when she and a Rd–winning investigative journalist who covered the case for the Philadelphia Inuirer now gives us the first book length account of this shocking story In the tradition of true crime legal thrillers from The Executioner’s Song to A Civil Action Ecenbarger exposes a deeply corrupt and broken system that ruined the lives of many children and ultimately led to the judge’s conviction on charges of racketeering fraud tax violations money laundering extortion and bribery Fastidiously researched and utterly propulsive Kids for Cash takes us deep inside a profoundly flawed legal system revealing the twisted and haunting realities of America’s juvenile justice system. Please read this book Here is a truly riveting eye opening story that will make your blood boil It is about corruption run amuck in our juvenile justice system This scheme went on from 2007 to 2009 in Luzerene County PA with trials and sentencing of the corrupt judges not occurring until 2010 and 2011 Juvenile court judge Mark Ciavarela was sentenced to 28 years in prison ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for back taxes and restitution He was charged with money laundering failure to report income failure to pay taxes and taking kickbacks The kickbacks were from privately owned for profit juvenile detention facilities that he helped establish In other words he made money by sending kids to jail At sentencing Ciaverela apologized to his family friends and coworkers completely ignoring his young victims and their families There were so many individual cases of abuse of the legal system the magnitude overwhelmed the prosecution They felt the jury would be overwhelmed trying to understand and navigate a system that even when it works well is hard to understand The trial judge ended up overturning these cases and expunging the records of thousands of children harmed by this miscarriage of justice Unfortunately some truly violent offenders received the same treatment I could write a book venting about this case injustice in general and it's ramifications in our society

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When thirteen year old Matthew appeared in front of Judge Mark Ciavarella for throwing a piece of steak at his mother’s boyfriend he was sentenced to seven weeks at PA Child Care a private for profit juvenile detention center in northeastern Pennsylvania Angelia was fourteen when she and a friend scrawled “Vote for Michael Jackson” on five stop signs Charged with vandalism and defacing public property Angelia was sent by Ciavarella to PA Child Care without her epilepsy medication and suffered a grand mal seizure her second night Fifteen year old Charlie arrested for unknowingly purchasing a stolen motorbike was convicted of a felony and sent to PA Child Care f. Hard to Read But Important to Do So A county in PA where Wilkes Barre is located opens a for profit juvenile detention center It is a county with a high elderly population and low child rates It is known for corruption in government and people have often paid for government jobs including teaching Once a huge coal town the population is used to deferring to authorities in employment government and the church The area used to have a juvenile detention center that was a horror and closed in 1965 Parents have been known to scare naughty kids into behaving by calling the cops But two judges or especially begins to remand kids for small harmless offenses to this detention center Others working on the county justice system passively agree and cooperate Kids and parents agree to not hire attorneys and get their kid to pdad guilty thinking the judge will like it better and be nice It doesn't happen As years go by one mother manages to call legal defense team for juvenile justice organization for help