Our research is indicating that the there will be a major increase of young Black females placed in the juvenile system during the next five years. Please know that, MWM and the National Black Women's Defense League is gearing up to make certain this it does not happen. Your Active or Support Membership will help us with our local and national work; "direct action" programs and campaigns For more information how you can get involved please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or BWDL7@aol.comThe following article gives greater insight into the type of straight up in your face attempted global white domination (white supremacist) tactics that rears its head in Philly (PA) ongoing,
Surely its happening i n other cities/states too.
Judge Convicted of Selling Kids to the Prison System
Mark Ciavarella Jr
There are some who are not entirely convinced of the evils that may come out of the prison industrial complex. This story might change your mind.
A judge in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for literally exchanging young people for cash.
Mark Ciavarella Jr. was convicted of accepting money in exchange for choosing to incarcerate thousands of young people into the facility of a developer who was paying him under the table.
Allgov.com (see article below) details the “kids for cash” program, which revealed the depth of corruption that has led to increased incarceration rates, driven partly by the growth in private prisons seeking profits at all cost.
Robert Mericle, builder of the PA and Western PA Child Care juvenile detention centers is one of the other culprits. The judge was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He is also being told to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
Prosecutors reviewed all of the cases over which the judge presided, from 2003 through 2008, concluding that he had denied the constitutional rights of as many as 5,000 juveniles, some as young as 10 years old. One student was given three months in a detention center for mocking an assistant principal on his Myspace page. Cases like this make the school-to-prison pipeline all too real.
Mark Ciavarella Jr. (AP Photo)
Accused of perpetrating a “profound evil,” former Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for illegally accepting money from a juvenile-prison developer while he spent years incarcerating thousands of young people.
Prosecutors said Ciavarella sent juveniles to jail as part of a “kids for cash” scheme involving Robert Mericle, builder of the PA and Western PA Child Care juvenile detention centers. The ex-judge was convicted in February of 12 counts that included racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion.
In addition to his prison sentence, Ciavarella was ordered to pay nearly $1.2 million in restitution.
At his sentencing, Ciavarella acknowledged his illegal acceptance of money from Mericle. But he denied ever jailing a juvenile in exchange for money.
Once the case against Ciavarella surfaced, special investigative panels began reviewing cases he handled from 2003 to 2008. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court concluded that he denied about 5,000 juveniles, some as young as ten, their constitutional rights, leading to the vacating of their convictions.
Among the young people exploited by Ciavarella were 15-year-old Hillary Transue, who was sentenced to three months at a juvenile detention center for mocking an assistant principal on a MySpace page; and 13-year-old Shane Bly, who was sent to a boot camp for two weekends after being accused of trespassing in a vacant building.
Another judge, Michael T. Conahan, used his position to shut down the county-run juvenile detention center and redirect juvenile detainees to the private prisons. He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky