Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.
Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
Q:i find it so strange that you liberals resent drone warfare when its the best method of catching terrorists. honestly, physical combat would be much worse.
That’s nice, thanks for sharing. Now, let me tell you what I find strange.
- I find it strange that you, along with millions of others are so pathologically inclined towards violence against people abroad that you the only possible outcomes which exist to you are killing people and also killing people.
- I find it strange that you’d group me with contemporary neoliberals when 77% have been proven to approve drone strikes.
- I find the polemics of American politics strange, when in reality they share more similarities than differences. That liberals and conservatives supposedly exist in binaries when their outlook on foreign policy is identical and their domestic policies only shift so minimally, ultimately preserving the status quo globally, as shown by the continuous change from Republican to Democratic president with no substantial progress to be had.
- I find the historical amnesia of American consciousness strange; that you can so easily forget who bankrolled the mujahideen in the late 70’s to fight the Soviets during the Cold war in Afghanistan and onwards into the next two decades, even as far as proclaiming their heroic behavior “equivalent to that of the founding fathers”, here’s an entire PDF lest we conveniently forget. I find it strange that American taxpayer dollars did more to foster militant groups than Pakistani or Afghan or Yemeni or Somali civilians ever have and these same civilians live the impact and devastation of such groups everyday, while being forced to pay for their crimes.
- I find your utter disregard for human life that you masquerade as chic political leanings strange.
- I find it strange that many reports have shown that militant groups can easily exploit the pain and suffering of innocent civilians to establish anti American sentiments and even recruit new members (here and here).
I find it strange that I can keep posting articles, news clips and statistics that prove how unethical and counterproductive drone warfare has been and still get questions like this.