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.
Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.
My favorite sound ever. #summer #justlisten
If I did not have a flight booked for my vacation time this week, I’d probably cancel taking vacation time right now.
What I read - August 2014
- Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley - If you are into graphic novels I highly recommend. I was not that big of a fan of Scott Pilgrim but this was awesome.
- An Untamed State by Roxane Gay - This was AMAZING. At times it was difficult to read because horrible things happen but it was worth it.
- Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey - This was another was that was difficult to read. Lacey captured depression almost perfectly.
- Frozen: A Junior Novelization by Sarah Nathan - Yes, I seriously read this. I still haven’t seen the movie but wanted to know what the fuss was all about. I’m a fan.
- Ms Marvel # 6 and 7: Healing Power by Willow Wilson - If you aren’t reading this series run to the nearest comic shop now.
- We Should all be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - This is an essay based on her TedTalk. Once again, I am more likely to read something than watch so I picked this up. LOVE. Watch and/or Read NOw.
“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own