Corruption within the Prison System
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Posted 3/4/14
Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr Sentenced

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.

Source: http://blog.blacknews.com/2013/05/judge-mark-ciavarella-sentenced-selling-kids-prison-system101.html#.UxaQjIVFJFU

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I bet most of these people they sent to prison in exchange for money were black. It's not hard to be disposable asset in society when people in power see you as less than human. Discuss corruption within the prison system.
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At least he's getting what's coming to him. I don't know how people like that deserve any power. I doubt he's the only one too.
Corruption sucks and I wish it didn't exist, but I don't think it's possible to end all corruption. I just hope it can at least be less prevalent.
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crypticcrunch wrote:

The judge is the symptom, but the USA has a serious misfiring in the brain about several issues that makes the prison system a huge industry as it is literally nowhere else.


I have to agree with you about the US having the issues that they have in the prison system. Having worked for state corrections, there are a lot of issues that are not getting addressed. But you have to also look at out of all the wrongful convictions that do make the news what about the crimes that happen and never get reported on.

I don't say that the system is perfect in any way at all. But, the only way to fix the issues is to stop the "hug-a-thug" mentality and start implementing the punishment that fits the crime. It's no wonder that the US has a rate of 1:4 that has a conviction rate of the population.

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And I agree with you on all points. The system is broken, and there needs to be a fix, to what extent, not sure but in the job that I work in currently, I do see the "usual suspects" being brought in on a daily basis. And some of the usual suspects are in the wrong place at the wrong time and get hauled in just because of their past.

As for the drug use and non-violent offenders, there are better ways of dealing with them than just putting them in prison and letting the "system" handle them to turn them into worse criminals than when they entered prison.

Look at Colorado, they legalized marijuana for recreational use earlier this year, put a tax on it and they are pulling in $$$ hand over fist because of that. Come this Summer, Washington State is going to follow suite and they are going to have their coffers filling up with monies from legalized sales of marijuana. With that being said, I do not condone the use of marijuana for recreational use and depending on the circumstances some of the medical uses I think are silly as well. Is there a place for this somewhere, yes, but maybe not in my lifetime.

Like I have told my teenagers, everything that happens in the world happens for a reason, the big thing is not to get caught up and have a chip on your shoulder and pre-judge someone for their actions unless you know the whole story from both sides.

Cheers!!!
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I agree with most but China those numbers don't count the well over 100 million in prison or labor camps (the leadership of the CCP said they shut them all down but what they really did was just change the name to education camps) 99% never saw the inside of a court room. Is our system perfect? No not by a long shot. Can it be a lot worst? Hell yes

Posted 3/9/14
The more I read about what's going on in the world, the more prison sounds like a good pension plan.
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Artarivan wrote:

Well, they are just dumb if they don't know their rights.


what? you better be trolling because that is by far the dumbest thing I heard today

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That's really unethical.

Makes me wonder if society starts having less crimes; will police and stuff like that start creating crimes to keep their jobs?
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