Monday, February 02, 2009

Judges jailed for taking bribes from private juvie prisons to send kids to jail

The prison/industrial complex at work I guess....

Two senior Pennsylvania judges have been sentenced to seven years in prison for taking bribes from juvenile detention centers -- in exchange for the bribes, the judges turned in guilty verdicts for the teens who appeared before them and sent them to juvie, thus enriching the operators of the kiddy gulag. For this, the judges received $2.6 million in kickbacks.

First, the judges helped the detention centers land a county contract worth $58 million. Then their alleged scheme was to guarantee the operators a steady income by detaining juveniles, often on petty stuff.
Many of the kids were railroaded, according to allegations lodged with the state Supreme Court last year by the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, an advocacy group.


At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is yet another example of why privatizing is stupid.

The government may be inefficient, but business is always out to screw you.


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