Kids For Cash Scandal

05.27.13 | Bob Price

ALL BUT ONE OF THE CONVICTIONS OF A FORMER COUNTY JUDGE IN THE "KIDS FOR CASH" JUVENILE JUSTICE SCANDAL IN NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA HAVE BEEN UPHELD BY A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT.
A THREE-JUDGE PANEL OF THE 3RDCIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS REJECTED NEARLY ALL THE ARGUMENTS MADE BY ATTORNEYS FOR MARK CIAVARELLA, WHO IS SERVING A 28-YEAR SENTENCE FOR RACKETEERING, FRAUD, CONSPIRACY AND OTHER OFFENSES. 
AT THE HEART OF THE CASE WAS CIAVARELLA'S INVOLVEMENT WITH PRIVATELY RUN JUVENILE DETENTION CENTERS.  AS A JUVENILE JUDGE, HE SENT CHILDREN TO THE CENTERS SO HE COULD MAKE MONEY.