Judges Pled Guilty in “Jailing Children for Dollars” Scheme
TWO JUDGES in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania made a conditional plea deal Monday regarding using their positions to guarantee placement of juvenile offenders into certain private detention facilities. The facilities, operated by PA Child Care and Western PA Child Care LLC, allegedly paid the judges $2.6 million in kickbacks. Judge Mark Ciavarella, Jr. and Judge Michael Conahan pled guilty Monday and may be going to jail themselves for seven years each. (Werewolves.)
*Can you guess who was not charged for any wrongdoing?
Many of the children who were unnecessarily removed from their homes to fill the judge's incarceration quotas may have suffered (and some still are suffering) irreparable harm. Two causes of mental illness that may result in imprisoned children are at the links below:
Separation anxiety is a psychological condition in which an individual has excessive anxiety regarding separation from home or from people to whom the individual has a strong emotional attachment (like a father and mother). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_anxiety_disorder
Feelings of social rejection occur when an individual is deliberately excluded from a social relationship or social interaction. The experience of being rejected is subjective for the recipient, and it can be perceived when it is not actually present. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rejection_(emotion) Children who were incarcerated are subject to continuing rejection by peers and peers' parents once released.
Hundreds of children fell victim to these veteran judges’ prison profiteering scheme between 2003 and 2007 because half of the children of Luzerne County appear before the bench without attorney representation (blood of poor children). The judges shipped them off to their buddies’ private detention centers whether or not the children’s probation officers recommended sentencing (minor crimes). The judges also allegedly ensured the success of the private prison facilities by removing funding for the county-owned detention center from the Luzerne County budget.
There is an epidemic of corruption among the judiciary, who are not above wrongdoing for the big money to be made in private prison profiteering. Apparently, there were more judges in on the “jailing for dollars” scheme. According to Martin Carlson, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the indictment against the two judges was only the first developments in an ongoing investigation regarding corruption in the Wilkes-Barre courthouse. Lynn Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, said that since October, five judges have been removed from the bench and two others were sanctioned. (Prison profiteering spreads like an air-borne disease.)
The Juvenile Law Center, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and the attorney general's office joined in a petition to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review over 250 Luzerne County cases involving juveniles who went to delinquency hearings without lawyers, but the Supreme Court flat refused on January 8. (Private prison profiteering is an epidemic.)
Read more about the alleged conspiracy against poor children in Pennsylvania at this link:
2 Pa. judges to plead guilty to public corruption
Yahoo News – Monday, January 26, 2009 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090127/ap_on_re_us/courthouse_corruption
* Did you guess it was the private detention facilities’ owners who were not charged? Right you are! (Protected class.)
The United States Department of Justice reported in 2006 that 1 in 134 adults was in prison. The Department of Justice's statistics also indicated that that 1 in 31 people in America was either in prison, on parole, or on probation (imprisoned or living under the immediate threat of prison). Just two years later, the PEW Center on the States reported in February 2008 that 1 in every 99.1 adults was in prison. Among African American men between the ages of 18 and 34, the ratio is 1 in 9. The country's high incarceration rate comes at a staggering cost to taxpayers - around $50 billion annually, not counting police work and trials. What increase in incarcerations will the PEW Center report show by February 2009?
More on th PEW Center report was carried by the Huffington Post. Excerpts are below:
The Huffington Post - 2/28/2008
Record-High Ratio of Americans in Prison
The report, released Thursday by the Pew Center on the States, said the 50 states spent more than $49 billion on corrections last year, up from less than $11 billion 20 years earlier. The rate of increase for prison costs was six times greater than for higher education spending, the report said.
Using state-by-state data, the report says 2,319,258 Americans were in jail or prison at the start of 2008 - one out of every 99.1 adults. Whether per capita or in raw numbers, it's more than any other nation.
"For some groups, the incarceration numbers are especially startling," the report said. "While one in 30 men between the ages of 20 and 34 is behind bars, for black males in that age group the figure is one in nine."
The racial disparity for women also is stark. One of every 355 white women aged 35 to 39 is behind bars, compared with one of every 100 black women in that age group.
The nationwide figures, as of Jan. 1, 2008, include 1,596,127 people in state and federal prisons and 723,131 in local jails. That's out of almost 230 million American adults.
The report said the United States incarcerates more people than any other nation, far ahead of more populous China with 1.5 million people behind bars. It said the U.S. also is the leader in inmates per capita (750 per 100,000 people), ahead of Russia (628 per 100,000) and other former Soviet bloc nations which round out the Top 10.
The U.S. also is among the world leaders in capital punishment. According to Amnesty International, its 53 executions in 2006 were exceeded only by China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq and Sudan.
On the Net: http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org
Un-guilty! Do Corrupt Judges Get Their Decisions Erased?
Juvenile advocacy groups and personal injury lawyers are already preparing lawsuits to get the judges' rulings reversed and/or win damages for their clients. Success will depend on whether they can show that the original verdicts were influenced by bribery or were otherwise tainted. (See the link above for full article.)
INDICTED: VP Cheney and Former Attorney General Gonzales – Private Prison Profiteers?
Is America's Prison System Legalized Slavery?
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We congratulate President Obama for issuing executive orders to close the Cuban prisons and ban torture. I am hopeful of the day when he turns his attention to the condition of prisoners within America’s borders.
The abuse of inmates in U.S. prisons and jails was the subject of a Willacy County, TX indictment last fall against former Attorney General Gonzales. The lack of investigative effort given to the abuse and deaths of prisoners in America remains a major concern for inmates and prisoner rights advocates. President Obama, please apply your zeal for preserving the human rights of prisoners to American citizens who also frequently suffer torturous prison conditions and are allowed to die in government custody without any investigative effort on the part of the USDOJ. See http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com
Please bring your concern for prisoner rights home to America, President Obama, where 2/3 of inmates are incarcerated for non-violent offenses, and about half of the 2.3 million incarcerated persons are mentally ill. Many of the mentally ill prisoners did not even understand the laws they broke, or they lacked the wherewithal to obey the law. Mentally ill inmates also may not have understood their Miranda Rights, and many were unable to participate in their own defense. Acute mental patients should not be imprisoned after crimes, but hospitalized (especially since most crimes by mentally ill offenders only occur after treatment is withheld).
Our criminal justice system apparently targets society’s most vulnerable citizens for imprisonment: the mentally ill, children, and poor people who lack the resources for good legal counsel. America’s criminal justice system needs to CHANGE!
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. ~ 1 Timothy 6:10
How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. ~ Psalm 82:2
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