Saturday, March 07, 2009

Private Jails - A Con All Round

The UK has gone gung-ho for private prison providers and the 'service' they offer. There are lots of dangers in this approach - and here is a good example; Judges being bribed to send people to prison to keep the private jail full;

The cases of up to 2,000 children put into custody by Ciavarella over the past seven years - including that of Transue - are now being reviewed in a billowing scandal dubbed "kids for cash". The alleged racket has raised questions about the cosy ties between the courts and private contractors, and about the harsh treatment meted out to adolescents.

Alerted by Laurene Transue, the Juvenile Law Centre in Wilkes-Barre began to uncover scores of cases in which teenagers had been summarily sent to custody by Ciavarella, dating as far back as 1999. One child was detained for stealing a $4 jar of nutmeg, another for throwing a sandal at her mother, a third aged 14 was held for six months for slapping a friend at school....

The prosecution charge sheet alleges that from about June 2000 to January 2007 Ciavarella entered into an "understanding" with Conahan to concoct a scheme to enrich themselves. The two judges conspired to strip the local state detention centre of funding, diverting the money to a private company called PA Child Care which it helped to build a new facility in the area.

To fight this;


DocRichard said...

It's all mad. Jail is for people who are a danger to society, like rapists and murderers. Even banksters should not be sent to jail. They should be made bankrupt instead, and spend the rest of their lives trying to unravel the derivatives mess.

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