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Thursday, August 11, 2011

They Left a Zero Off the Sentence

28 years for sending kids to prison in a kickback scheme isn't long enough. It should have been 280 years.
Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in federal prison for taking $1 million in bribes from the builder of a pair of juvenile detention centers in a case that became known as "kids-for-cash."
There is something that is morally repugnant about all of this, of inserting the profit motive into the criminal justice system. I remain unchanged in my suspicion that this is going on elsewhere. In some places, the bribes are legal, as private prison operators lobby for stiffer sentencing laws.

It's evil. These judges are evil, and so are the operators of privately-run prisons.

(I originally thought that these assholes would be jailed for seven years.)


montag said...

He is going to federal prison. Unless it's a PMITA prison, he would be better served in one of thos private ratholes he sent the kids to.

Nangleator said...

I imagine the lobbying efforts will extend to making it harder to detect the crime of human trafficking by the for-profit "justice" system.

Old Sarge said...

Life imitates art. Law & Order: SVU had an episode about a judge who did the same exact thing.

Cujo359 said...

I remain unchanged in my suspicion that this is going on elsewhere.

The motivations certainly exist elsewhere. To me, the extraordinary thing is that someone was caught and punished.

Stewart Dean said...

Perhaps we could have a new category, that of peace crimes? Still a crime against humanity, but for crimes committed without even the justification or war fever?

And relative to:
"There is something that is morally repugnant about all of this"
C'mon dear leader, I read this blog because you use blunt, pungent, crude, short-strokes Anglo-Saxon. Even saying something as simple as "This is morally repugnant" is too refined. More blood. Go for the jugular.