Politics & Media
Feb 12, 2009, 08:02AM

Shoveling kids into jail for cash

Two judges in Pennsylvania stand accused of taking money from two private juvenile detention facilities so as to fill their halls with minor offenders.

Pretty sick:

The explanation, prosecutors say, was corruption on the bench.

In one of the most shocking cases of courtroom graft on record, two Pennsylvania judges have been charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers.

“I’ve never encountered, and I don’t think that we will in our lifetimes, a case where literally thousands of kids’ lives were just tossed aside in order for a couple of judges to make some money,” said Marsha Levick, an attorney with the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, which is representing hundreds of youths sentenced in Wilkes-Barre.


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