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Prison A la Court

Prison A la Court

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Published by Stan Moody
How deep is the corruption in the criminal justice system in America? Here is the story of a judge selling kids to a private prison...
How deep is the corruption in the criminal justice system in America? Here is the story of a judge selling kids to a private prison...

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Published by: Stan Moody on Mar 01, 2011
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  Prison ´A la Courtµ: Kids for Sale - $2.6 Million 
February 28, 2011Author: Stan Moody  
A la Carte
is a French term for ³from the menu.´ An entrée ordered from themenu usually entitles the customer to a choice of side dishes.The menu in this case is a choice of corrections facilities in Pennsylvania, afavored entré being a private, for profit juvenile detention center prepared by Chef Mark Ciavarella, Jr., a Common Pleas judge in the hardscrabble town of Wilkes-Barre.The problem appears to be that the side dishes were literally thousands of children whisked off to juvenile detention within minutes of meeting the goodjudge. He stands convicted in federal court of a ³kids for cash´ scheme that nettedhim an estimated $2.6 Million.It gets better.The juvenile detention center of choice is called ³PA Child Care.´ Ownerswere real estate developer, Robert Mericle, and officer of the court, Atty. RobertPowell. This road to Hell was paved when Ciavarella and another judge, MichaelConahan, shut down the county¶s juvenile detention center by cutting off its publicfunding.PA Child Care! Not your typical nursery school, it would seem.On February 18, 2011, a federal jury found his honor, Mark Ciavarella,guilty of racketeering. A plea bargain of restitution and up to 7 years in prison hadCiavarella pleading guilty to fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion. The plea wasrejected by the judge when the defendant insisted on characterizing the proceeds as³finder¶s fees,´ thereby denying a
quid pro quo
between the money and thesentences handed out.It is expected that at sentencing, the 61 year-old judge will find himself counting down to the Second Coming.Syndicated columnistLeonard Pitts, Jr . wrote about the case as evidence of the inherent danger of private prisons, although it would seem that something ascynical as calling a juvenile detention center ³PA Child Care´ speaks to a level of 

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