Thursday October 29, 2020

Inside Story: The $3 billion prison payoff

Niall Stanage tells the story of a Pennsylvania judge jailed for 28 years for feeding young, low-level offenders into private-sector detention centres for personal gain.

5th October, 2013
The more children sent into detention, the more money the operators of the facility would make.

It was the kind of episode that makes the world's superpower sound like a banana republic. At its heart was a judge in Pennsylvania, Mark Ciavarella. He is in jail himself now, in the early stages of a 28-year sentence. His legal team argued that prosecutors were presenting an excessively harsh view of that conduct that had led Ciavarella to his fate. If that were true, he was getting a taste of his own medicine.


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