36 days – Pa. Judge get 28 years in Kids for Cash scandal

Posted on August 11, 2011


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SCRANTON, Pa.— A longtime judge has been ordered to spend nearly three decades in prison for his role in a massive juvenile justice bribery scandal that prompted the state’s high court to toss thousands of convictions.

Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in federal prison for taking $1 million in bribes from the builder of a pair of juvenile detention centers in a case that became known as “kids-for-cash.”

We at JCW think that 28 years in a federal penitentiary is an appropriate sentence and applaud the federal courts.

Having to serve that time in a BOP supermax would add the appropriate icing to that cake.