19 November 2012 0 Comments

Democrats Cannot Be Trusted With Money Part 12 – or with Children’s Welfare “Kids for Cash” Democratic Luzerne County

A new book examining the Kids for Cash scandal in the Luzerne County courthouse places that event in its full historical context for Northeast Pennsylvania as well as offering a call for reform of the juvenile justice system.

Written by veteran journalist William Ecenbarger, “Kids for Cash,” published by The New Press, explores the long-standing tolerance for public corruption in the [Democratic] anthracite region shaped by the relentless extraction of its mineral resources. Mr. Ecenbarger documents the rise of now-incarcerated former county [Democratic] Judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan to positions of power where they held the fate of thousands of juvenile defendants in their hands.

He skillfully relates the nightmare experiences of teenagers caught up in a miscarriage of justice while Mr. Ciavarella took nearly $1 million from the developer of the for-profit juvenile detention center that he routinely dispatched defendants to in disregard of best practices in juvenile justice.

READ MORE Times-Tribune 21 October 2012

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Democratic Luzerne County was one of four counties that did not go for Republican Tom Corbett in 2012.

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