Criminal Behavior

Judge to serve 28 years after making $2 million for sending black children to jail

Tue., Jul. 30, 2013 2:15 PM EDT
by A.R. Shaw

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Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, 63, serves as an example of why the private prison industry can do more harm than good. Ciavarella worked alongside owners of private juvenile facilities to ensure that the prison remained occupied. The more prisoners equated to more profits for the owners of the prison.

As a result, Ciavarella would sentence offenders with small offenses to months and, at times, years behind bars. He once sentenced a teen to three months in jail for creating a MySpace page that mocked her school’s assistant principal. Ciavarella also sentenced another teen to 90 days in jail after a simple schoolyard fight.

But after a federal investigation, it was discovered that Ciavarella and his colleague, Judge Michael Conahan, received more than $2.6 million from privately run youth centers owned by PA Child Care. In 2011, Ciavarella was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to 28 years in prison. He was also forced to pay $1 million in restitution.

Once Ciavarella was convicted, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed out 4,000 convictions issued by the judge.

Ciavarella appealed to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia to have his 28-year sentence overturned. On July 25, the court denied his request.

Ciavarella’s attorneys may attempt to appeal the case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  • Improved Data

    But they think that we all are equal! LOL!

    • Nailah

      “They” don’t really consider us all equal. Trust!

    • snort

      I have just packed up my little gift to him for prison: soap-on-rope so that he doesn’t have to bend over on the shower.

      • blair houghton

        but you cut the rope into a dozen little pieces, first, right?

      • yrrab

        I think they’d have to be pretty desperate to corn-hole him, there’s younger ones in there. I think he could be attacked but then he has no morals so he can’t complain.’He who would harm so much as a hair on the head of these my little ones, it would be better for that man that he was never born’. Guess who ?

        • ryanhensoncreighton

          People who hurt children, and judges & cops do not fare well in the prison system. This guy’s in for a good time.

          • fukdjudge

            hes doing Lindsy Lohan time. he will be treated well in the prison his lawyer gets him in. you can bank on that.

          • Assert Valid

            Everyone in prison hates former judges

          • Morgan

            Oh, come on. He’s going to go to a low-security prison, because he committed a white-collar crime. He’s never going to be molested or shanked or anything else. He’s going to serve out his sentence and probably get off early for good behavior/bribery.

          • Mackeba Lee Gustave

            You are so right! Pity that he won’t be doing hard time.

          • Santez Wheat

            Sending someone to jail should never be considered a white-collar crime. You say white-collar crime as if this judge has had no victims.

          • Jessica2248

            So true Santez!!! And even the state of Pennsylvania throwing out their (the children) convictions, won’t take away the trauma they suffered from being behind bars.

          • Rad McNally

            He’ll be in protective custody for the entirety. Cops and the like get special treatment in prisons.

            Source: Worked as a medic in a county jail.

          • chalyo

            please believe that any time in a confined prison fed or state, min or max, after a few years it begins to eat away at your core and before long that light thats in your spirit out and its worst then being dead. trust me I know. blackmalemisunderstood!

        • bicyclist11

          He’s a trophy. A claim to boast about.

        • chris

          this is assuming that he isn’t going to be placed in a minimum security jail

      • Dave

        Hey guys: let’s try to remember that prison rape is inhumane/cruel & unusual, and the fact that we allow it to happen in our prisons is something to be ashamed of. It’s enough that he’s disgraced and will spend the rest of his life in prison.

        • koopapoopas

          Exactly. Prison is just about profits and free labor. It has nothing to do with rehabilitation or lowering crime.

          That’s why they care so little.

        • Martha L

          “Prison rape is inhuman/cruel & unusual…”

          I disagree to an slight extent. I think all rape should be qualified that way. At least as inhumane & cruel. I’m ashamed of the rape culture in the US as a whole. Not just in the prison system.

        • denverover

          You think disgrace and imprisonment is enough? Why don’t you ask one of the innocent boys, who got raped, while incarcerated, so he could get rich, if that is enough.

          • derision

            Tell me how many of the innocent boys got raped while incarcerated. Don’t worry, take your time. I’ll wait.

          • Ryan Wright

            You’ll wait a long time for that answer…. This pos called denverover is painfully bigoted, & has no shame about it… This maggot calls me a liar because she can’t “find” proof in/of this judges’ sentencing preferences… Really?? You can’t find the clerk of court website? She’s a taint licking choade huffer. & about as sharp as a bag of nickels.

      • Butinksy

        I don’t think bubba would want that old nasty fart. He’s a former judge, he’ll get worse.

      • Magda Lohrmann

        He will do his time like a cop, in a federal country club.

    • EJ Belton

      We are all equal. We just don’t get treated as such. Life’s not fair. Get used to it!

      • Mochipants

        Oh, okay. Countless black teens had their lives ruined for the sake of personal gain. But it’s cool, we just have to “get over it”.

        • denverover

          Where did it say “black”, all I read was teens.

          • Read

            It says so in the title.

          • pissed

            And yet nowhere in the article. Feels like they just wanted attention… How about adding countless white, Latino, and other children to the title, or does it have to be about race?

          • Santez Wheat

            I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but it has always been about race. So many know so little about this country’s true history. So many know so little about how slavery in this country didn’t end after the Civil War. Black slave trade morphed into black prisoner trade. Do you honestly think that 13 percent of the population comprising 80% of the prisons is an accident? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLSJbdGs8DA

          • ConcernedReader

            And only in the title. Where else does it say that in the actual facts of the article? Perhaps how long he was in the prison system’s pocket? Or a statistic backing up the headline’s claim? Are we to understand that he is racist and ONLY did this to black children? As it is painted in this article, the headline is simply sensationalism without any facts to back it up.

            *cue the responses calling me racist*

          • Ryan Wright

            His sentencing is public record… Blacks outnumbered every other 12-1. Look it up.

          • nathan

            link please?

          • denverover

            I just did a 60 minute research and nowhere does it say 12 to 1 this Ryan Wright is a liar.
            The most comprehensive article was here…..
            http://politic365.com/2013/05/30/private-prisons-equal-big-business/

          • flame821

            Actually, as someone who was in the jury pool (and selected but got out because I proved I already knew too much about the case). I can tell you that he did NOT target blacks. We don’t have many of them in this area of PA, he did this to anyone who was unfortunate enough to get him as a judge. What he did was take minor cases that would normally result in probation and send them to private prisons instead. I’m hoping the minors involved and their parents take him to civil court and do what the criminal system didn’t do for them. And yes, a lot of people knew/suspected he was doing this. Lackawana and Luzerne Counties are notorious for corruption, which is why they pulled their jury from other counties. I had to drive over 100 miles each way to the courthouse.

          • denverover

            This to me seems like a government, using Mainstream Media, attempt to stir up more racial tension. TPTB, I believe, are trying to start a race war, in order to declare martial law. It seems every ‘race’ incident is being hyped big in the media. and all those armored vehicles and hollow-point bullets were bought for some purpose, and it wasn’t to gather dust. If they are being condemned for starting wars world-wide and they need to sell war machines, then do it in your own country.

          • James Albert Wilkes

            READ THE TITLE! I

          • denverover

            Read the article !! Then use your empty head do you think using black kids only is going to fill the bill without it bringing suspicion quickly. Wake the hell up and smell the coffee.

          • MrSoDope

            Judge to serve 28 years after making $2 million for sending black children to jail

          • Santez Wheat

            The judge was willing to ruin the lives of countless black teens as if their lives meant nothing. Greed is what led him and countless others to the same. America has changed very little since its inception.

        • ea6capo

          You must be kidding

      • http://bit.ly/bc3ya8 Adpower

        Do not get used to being disrespected by this country and its laws which are written to keep us in slavery!! Stand up!! fight back!! They are masters of oppression so do not get tired of this struggle.

      • PhasmaFelis

        “Get used to” systematic oppression? Fuck that shit.

      • DannyEastVillage

        imagine if that had been MLK’s attitude..? Or Abraham Lincoln’s? Or Thomas Jefferson’s? How about if that had been the attitude of the allies who were sent to liberate the concentration camps? Criminy.

      • Martha L

        That works well for the people getting treated the best. Not so well for the people who some politicians are trying to take rights away from simply because that gender or race or religious viewpoint are deemed as unable to make their own decisions by those same politicians. It also doesn’t work well for the people who are being treated like dirt simply for belonging to that gender or race or religious viewpoint.

        Note: by religious viewpoint I’m not referring to Christians. Christianity has a false sense of persecution in the US. I’m referring the the viewpoints that some Christians think shouldn’t be legally allowed or should result in the death of the individuals with that viewpoint.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Rhodes/576994322 Kevin Rhodes

        You are an idiot, congratulations.

      • bicyclist11

        Ready to quit?

      • Jonathan Dough

        Thanks, EJ Belton, for putting a face on apathy. Now we know at least one person to thank for the status quo.

      • denverover

        Yeah, we’re all equal…….Some are just more equal than others.

    • malkia

      Some are more equals than others

  • 100

    Just proves once again how racist white people can be. They got the nerve to say black people are more racist. Case closed. Stuff like this is the reason why we feel this way.

    • jootjoint

      You got it 100% correct!

    • Cthulhu0818

      Pretty sure the only color this guy saw was green.

      • Notya Biznes

        Funny he wasn’t sending white kids to jail for profit… He saw more than green. Let’s be real here.

        • Facts Don’t Real

          After some Googling over this scandal, the whole “targeting black kids” part is made up, it’s bullshit, it’s fake.

          All of you just got played like a fiddle, they lied about the racial angle to jazz up the story and fake controversy.

          It doesn’t matter which side you people are arguing on, you all (hell, even I) add up to pageviews and their ad payout.

          Next time do a quick Google search before you take everything an ENTERTAINMENT blog says as fact.

          • AlwaysBlossom

            Actually, there is targeting, whether this guy is a part of it, IDK, but there is systematic targeting of Black males, and unfairness in the rulings and in sentencing. There is actually only a couple of White names that seem to appear, we really don’t know how many of them were White or Black, but this does happen.

          • Kelly

            Yes, there is clear targeting of blacks in the justice system ACROSS THE BOARD. The facts don’t lie – with near-equal drug use rates between races, blacks are incarcerated for breaking drug laws 3-6x more frequently than whites. I appreciate your educated response, as you didn’t fall into the “pick-a-race-to-blame” tendency that has been very disappointing to see.

          • abirdman

            You are absolutely correct about the racism in the justice system. But this is about class and greed. Check this bunch of victims: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJY85V3w3xM

            Blaming racism for class war divides us into two, less powerful, camps. I am ashamed of the racism of our justice system. I am just as ashamed of the rampant power of greed and the promotion of cannibalistic capitalism. Let’s name them both and fight them both.

          • His Forever

            Maybe.

          • ciaoluna

            In this situation the systematic targeting was of white males and females. Laughable that you judge by someone’s name. Stop hating and get the facts correct.

          • thepaulrevereshow

            Sounds good to me. The more blacks you put in jail, the safer the streets are. Not being racist. Just citing statistics and a fact of life. Sorry.

          • Jonas Planck

            That’s odd, according to the statistics I have, you’re a liar, a fraud, a rapist, a closet homosexual, and you’ve never done an honest day’s work in your entire life, but despite all of this you still suffer from an unwarranted sense of self-important entitlement. Not being racist. Just citing statistics and a fact of life. Sorry.

          • thepaulrevereshow

            Ha! Hit a nerve eh? Good.. I don’t need any statistics to know what you are, ducky. You give yourself away as a self deluded Black Racist Entitlement Whore. That’s also a fact of life. There’s a reason why 3 percent of the population commits over 50% of the violent crimes. I’m not making it up. LOL. So sorry but the statistics do mean things.. Stay in denial and keep on shooting the messengers..I couldn’t care less. It changes nothing..

          • Nohopeforthehumanrace

            Sounds like you’re mad that you got called on your shit.

          • Jonas Planck

            Oh you like made-up statistics? Me TOO!!!
            Too bad you and all your Nazi pals can’t count, or they’d have remembered to keep the numbers the same instead of changing them EVERY TIME they repeat the lie. But I won’t bite. Instead of criticizing your entire savage race, I’ll just criticize YOU.

            Statistics revealed here in the article above indicate that you, as a hateful racist sack of shit, are over 20 MILLION times more likely than any other ethnicity to kidnap and imprison children in exchange for huge amounts of free taxpayer handout money, and then sexually, mentally, and physically ABUSE those children once you have them locked in your taxpayer funded dungeon. The statistics don’t lie.

          • Claude Conkrite

            I am posting in my real name because i am not a coward, saying that, frankly I am tired of the overt racism being displayed not just in the justice system, but in every aspect of our society. As far as the statistics you sight Paul Revere show guy you could not be farther from the truth.
            I have personaly witnessed the disparity in this Country, and have had many conversations with law enforcment officials, from cops on the beat to Police Chiefs and they agree that the system is courupt.
            I decided not to cuss your white ass out because NOhope did a GREAT job of putting you in your place. Paul Revere is rolling over in his grave, having a profiteer like you using his name.
            Furthermore, we see thru your fearmongering and bigotry as you are only in it for what your corrupt ass can get.
            When YOUR people wake up to the fact that scum like you are manipulating their minds for pure profit, you wont have to worry wbout Black, and Brown people, your own race will turn against you and your kind of Racisim.
            As a black man i will tell you this, YOU WILL LOSE, and keep losing, elections, financialy, and the respect of your own race.

          • Martha L

            Do you have any proof for this claim? It sounds like you’re trying to say that all African-Americans are dangerous, & every one I’ve ever known personally aren’t. I know that doesn’t translate to every African-American any more then saying that no white’s I’ve ever known have been dangerous translates to every white person.

          • ea6capo

            The more blacks you put in jail the less inventions and improvement in society look at all that blacks have contributed to the American society. Too many to list

          • RNMurray
          • Charles Hill

            That is what you people think. The justice system is corrupt believe it get your head out of the sand and believe your eyes

          • googler

            could you site your source please…

          • TruthSayerUT

            evidence?

          • abirdman

            http://newjimcrow.com/ I think this is what you asked for.

          • TruthSayerUT

            I have an assignment for you. Watch a documentary called “Slavery by Another Name.” It talks about the peonage system in America just less than a 100 years ago. As a white Catholic guy I have to say it’s eye opening.

          • Eady Trice Morgan

            Says you.

          • butterly

            The fact that most incarcerated are minorities, you really need to fact-check before you comment.

          • McHale72

            Could have something to do with the fact that more crimes being committed by minorities.

          • NORMAN

            YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’LL A STUPID AZZ HOLD McHALE72 WE ARE ONLY 13% OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY STUPID ASS WHITE PEOPLE DO MOST OF THE CRIMES IN THIS COUNTRY ALWAYS HAVE WHAT THE STORY TELLS YOU IS THAT THEY LOCK US UP FOR NOTHING HAVING TO DO WITH COMMITTING CRIMES THEY LOCK US UP FOR PROFIT BLACK MAN AND YOUNG BLACK MAN AND WE ARE MORE INCARCERATED BECAUSE OF RACISM “”READ”" OR IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

          • anonymouse208

            Some of the content of your post is accurate, but saying that “…stupid ass white people do most of the crimes…” isn’t going to get your point across very well.

            Yes, it’s been shown time and time again that black people are getting stiffer sentences than white people for the same crimes.

            I won’t get into who commits more crimes because it’s pointless. Far more plays into a person’s likelihood to commit a crime than the color of their skin, that statistic has always skipped over pretty crucial metrics which include socio-economic status.

          • thepaulrevereshow

            DA RACIST WHITE DEVIL KEEPS LOCKIN UP DE POOR INNOCENT BLACK MAN. ALL WE DOES IS HELP DE OLD LADIES CROSS DE STREET AND GO TA CHOIR PRACTICE AND DA POE-LEECE JUST KEEP HARASSIN US. LET MUH PEOPLE GO

          • MN

            Holy hell. You win. I didn’t think I’d see such obvious, frightening racism in 2013. But you showed me.

          • bicyclist11
          • Claude Conkrite

            Dont worry about this fool, he has zero followers even racists know he is full of shit. Im sure his MAMA dosn’t even follow his bullshit.

          • pimp

            racist idiot

          • McHale72

            You’re a moron Norman. Your’e saying that American is made up of 13% minorities and 87% whites? You’re even too stupid for the internet!

          • Tynam

            Uh, no. I recommend learning some basic stats before commenting again.

            Anywhere. Ever. On anything.

          • DatBus

            I don’t suppose behavior and conduct has anything to do with it. No, of COURSE its the “racist system” TARGETING non-white minorities!

          • Kklipse

            And after I did some Googling I did not come upon this result at all. Sounds like you’re doing what too many white people do when confronted with obvious racism: “NO ITS NOT, NOTHING IS ABOUT RACE LALALA CANT HEAR YOU”

          • http://bit.ly/bc3ya8 Adpower

            Kklipse your so correct with your observation. Its always them saying NO we’re not racist. They are liars and they are the oppressors.

          • Chris Veal

            love the way you lump all white people together and call us liars but i’m sure you are not racist are you?

          • Paul Blumenthal

            There is no racism in the US. The President is Black. Who voted him in? Racists? Think about it…

          • Charles Gibson

            the new racism in Amerca is to deny there is racism

          • Paul Blumenthal

            the facts deny there is racism. Black president in a racist society? Nobody is going to buy this my friend.

          • Claude Conkrite

            Dear Mr Blumenthal, you ARE on crack, if you think racism is gone, why did some white people in a passing car call ME a nigger just yesterday ? Why do I see racist post right here, and all over the social media spectrum ? Why do you refuse to see the truth ? You are more dangerous than the overt racist, at least they are honest.

          • Nohopeforthehumanrace

            The fact that people are still arguing about racism in the US, is blatant evidence that there is still racism in the US. Think about it…

          • Paul Blumenthal

            I’m an immigrant. I know people who will use their status in the US (immigrants) to get some favors/incentives from the Government/employers/others. I have never done it, I think it’s unfair, I don’t like the attitude of gimme because of I’m an immigrant – is all I’m saying.

          • Martha L

            There is racism in the US. I just believe (& hope) that most American’s aren’t racist. The fact what Obama could even have a chance of being elected in the first place shows that progress has been made since the 60s.

          • Kklipse

            “No racism in the US”

            Says the straight white male. Lmao, like you would know a damned thing about something you will not ever experience. Saaave it, baby.

            Pure comedy. Especially the bit where you think a Black man being the president means racism magically went away. Oh god, you’re not very good at this whole “logic” thing.

            And our next song is titled “We Hate You, Please Die”

          • Paul Blumenthal

            Straight white male makes me especially in the know here. Because I hang out with other straight white males and know what we think of racist remarks/jokes/etc. not too mention real racism, i.e. not employing someone because of the color of their skin.

            The truth is, since Obama is the President, saying that there is racism in the US, sounds just like a lame excuse for lazy people. He could to get to the top. And he did. He earned it. Majority of white folks like myself voted for him. What racism dude?

          • Kklipse

            “Straight white male makes me especially in the know here.”

            HAAHAHAHAHA. That is exactly where I stopped reading. You big bumblefuck, shut up.

          • Paul Blumenthal

            Yeah, I’m a racist because I voted for a Black President :-)) I’m not, I just don’t like lazy people taking advantage of others. Is that what hurt you so much? No way to tell the world you suck because the world is racist? It’s just all you, you know? Nobody’s else fault. Obama could do it. What’s your problem because I’m done listening to lame excuses.

          • Kklipse

            Baby, I never once called you racist so stop projecting your guilt for no-doubt being a huge racist all over me. Two, proximity to Black people or voting for Black people doesn’t automatically make you not racist.

            Also “Lazy people taking advantage of others” is coded language and it means you think its reasonable to assume an entire race of people are lazy and stupid rather than the much simpler reality of inequality…which is HORRIFYINGLY RACIST. I know exactly what you’re dying to say, but you won’t do it…because you’d out yourself as a big ol’ racist.

            Lol, you crack me up. Take your bootstraps and hang yourself with them.

          • Paul Blumenthal

            I’m an immigrant. But I don’t look at the world in terms: my life sucks because these racists Americans hate immigrants. I wish you the same so you can focus on real life vs. fantasies and imagination of racism in the US that hasn’t been true for decades now. The USA is the land of opportunity. There are so many successful Blacks in the US nowadays starting with the President that you really must have no shame to blame your own failures on others. You know, I could stop working, stop trying, just sit down and cry that these bad Americans put these glass ceiling for me an immigrant there, but I won’t do it because I know that if I work hard enough all of that doesn’t matter in this society. And I truly wish you the same. You are like a nazi who blames Jews for all the bad luck he has in live, instead though, you blame whites. Doesn’t make you a bit less pathetic though.

          • Kklipse

            Stop talking Paul, nobody cares.

          • Paul Blumenthal

            Isn’t that weird that you call me names and don’t read my post becuase I’m “straight whote male”. Isn’t that racism? What about this: let’s reverse the roles. You tell e you’re black, and in response I tell you I won’t read your post and start calling you names. You see how promitive simpleton you are? That’s why you have it so hard in life. Not because of your skin color brother. Again, the majority of whites in this country voted for a Black President, and no amount of your frustration changes this simple fact. You are confusing people not liking you/giving you hard time because of you sucking not you being a man of color. Got it?

          • Jeffry P. Joly II

            Some people don’t even read.

            But shame on the author.

          • ThaddeusMaximus

            You are the lie you claim was perpetuated because black kids made up over 87.3% of all his cases you lying piece of shit! And you are the same ones who claim that the jails are filled with minorities you can’t have it both ways. Post where you got your evidence from you lying piece of shit. So those 79 ass clowns that liked your comment can see how stupid you and they are, fishing for an out and there is none! Case closed!

          • EJ Belton

            Well, it’s PARTIALLY true. I’m sure there were more Black kids than White because more Blacks come through the court system than white. Why? Well, targeting of Black communities for one. Economic strife in minority communities for two. And (3) white fear of Black children – A school administrator is more likely to call the police on a Black child who is misbehaving than on a white child.

          • valentino

            as if anything needed “jazzing up” here … i cant believe media always has to fkn blur everything ….

          • foljs

            “”"After some Googling over this scandal, the whole “targeting black kids” part is made up, it’s bullshit, it’s fake.”"”

            Because so said some white biggots trying to spin the story? Do you have a breakdown of the black vs white kids he convicted? Or you just bought whatever BS spin they said to feel smarter than the rest?

            For one, the real issue is not whether he did it to black kids mostly, it’s that he did it, period — shows the corruption of the private prison system…

            Second, considering that blacks are disproportionaly more incarcerated compared to whites anyway, I doubt his numbers were any LESS racist than the general judge’s… (including upper middle class black judges, those Uncle Tomases that view their poorer brothers with as much contempt as any white racist).

          • Sam Cat

            wrong … you didn’t google very good … lol … the ratio was 12 blacks for every 1 white .. moron

        • quip

          actually he was. in fact this story doesn’t indicate any black children were sent to jail.

        • His Forever

          He was. 4,000 all blacks? Not even a chance. Let’s be real here.

        • Ste Bunches

          Yes, he was.

        • ciaoluna

          Do your due diligence…research this disgusting situation and you’ll see that the youths involved were white. Stop hating and looking for reasons to hate.

        • Jonathan

          You’re absolutely incorrect. One white kid he sentenced to 6 months for some ridiculous charge ended up committing suicide and the kids mother was relentless in pursuing this jerk judge. She was the one who brought to light the baseless charges this guy was sending kids to juvie for. White and black.

        • Betty Eyer

          If he just targeted people he thought could not afford a good defense lawyer, he would get more poor people and thus more blacks. Plus it rides on top of a bias that is already there in the justice system – it would take longer for people to question it because they are willing to believe that black kids are up to no good. Just as many were willing to believe that Trayvon was trying to break into houses in his neighborhood without any evidence to support it.

        • http://bit.ly/bc3ya8 Adpower

          Yes let’s be real here!! This racist also saw black and brown. He is a racist at heart like most Europeans here is the U.S.A. The fight is not over. Stand up!!

          • Chris Veal

            YOU sound racist….. just a heads up

        • flakingnapstich

          Regardless of how racist he may or may not have been, I think we can all agree that a rank, corrupt, evil slime ball has gotten what he deserves.

        • Daniel Latta

          He probably didn’t have many opportunities — a lot of white kids don’t make it to court because the cops let them go with a warning, a privilege not generally extended to kids-of-color.

        • Kiyorie

          Stop believing what the internet says. not everything on the internet is real. My brother was sent away for 3 years thanks to this scum for a minor trespassing charge. And my brothers white. Stop being so racist happy. In some cases its is race. In this case it wasn’t. What this man did was only for profit. No matter the color of the child.

      • [email protected]

        (No Black Too!)!

      • WhiteFlight

        Nah, if he only saw green then it would have been equal opportunity for his lock ups. And don’t give me that whole, “more blacks commit crime” shit either. Did you see the riots and looting in Huntington Beach – ALL WHITE people. Racist mf’s

        • DatBus

          Is that supposed to prove something? More Black folks committing crimes = more convinctions of Black people. Duh.

      • disqus_RbebOHS5lK

        He seen green and black. If he had to choose who he was gonna send to jail trust it was gonna be black kids over white kids. So yea it was green and black homie,

        • His Forever

          That’s possible.

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      • Eady Trice Morgan

        Then lets count how many non blacks he sent to this place. Yes, he was able to accomplish two things, send blacks to jail and grease his pockets.

        • neroden

          He sent 4000 people to prison. Lotta white kids in there. One of them committed suicide and his mother is the one who fought to get this judge imprisoned.

          The color this “judge” saw was green.

      • Really dude???

        I doubt that. ..sure his greatest intent was to acquire monetary value but if this had been anybody other than black children would he have reconsidered his choice? Black ppl are still not seen by many as worthy of humane or fair treatment which is probably why it was not even a 2nd thought to do this. ..Yes greed is a higher motivator than benevolence but hate is one of the greatest motivators of all.

      • ea6capo

        Really, then why were all the kids black?

    • Gail Duncan

      dam skippy sad

    • S

      This is nonsense, do a quick google search and you’ll see it WASN’T racially motivated. Race baiting much?

      • TruthSayerUT

        it wasn’t racially motivated, I agree. But when there are a disproportionate amount of black kids getting the short end of the stick something very wrong is going on. Maybe it was a lack of empathy (out of his own internal prejudiced).

      • rebeeca long

        read the damn post it said black children you ass hole

      • disqus_RbebOHS5lK

        shut up cracker

    • You Are a Racist Idiot

      You are seriously saying this? “White people are racist, so I hate all white people.” Do you not see how hypocritical you are? This had nothing to do with race, it had everything to do with a corrupt judge wanting to make a buck.

      • ConstantReminder

        Corrupt Democrat Judge, possible racist

        • Dennisdread_2000

          Well either way he’s definitely male and definitely..

      • VINCERO

        hey dip stick….THIS HAD EVERYTHING TO DO WITH RACE.

        • Ste Bunches

          um, no, it didn’t, that we KNOW of, since there are no numbers on how many of his victims were black…

        • McHale72

          you got facts to back that up, Jesse?

    • Erik

      “Just proves once again how racist people can be.”

      It might be even more correct to put greedy or unethical there, though.

      • ConstantReminder

        greedy unethical racist democrat, remember that last part

        • Rascallflattsgirl

          I believe the first part, is more important than the latter!

        • KnowbodyXXX

          Don’t even try it, he is a Republican and he’s not the only Republican doing this.

          • Get it Right

            Per Wikipedia, the judge is a Democrat. Shocking isn’t it?

          • Dennisdread_2000

            No. Why would it be?

          • abp1212

            Not really. Democrat or Republican doesn’t matter. How that individual feel about others is the only thing that count and although the numbers aren’t published, we all know, rather YOU WHITES, want to admit it, 95% of the children were black. Hatred comes from ignorance and most white people, rather they admit it or not are ignorant. They can’t help it because that’s the way they were raised, you know like animals.

      • KnowbodyXXX

        The two are equally correct and we shouldn’t downplay the racism in the judicial system.

    • Guest

      Says the apparent racist.

      “Look everybody, an article on the Internet. It says a white judge sentenced black kids to prison. Must be true, it’s on the Internet!”

      The dude was motivated by money. If he had been singling out any particular race he’d have been caught earlier. This isn’t difficult to figure out.

      Ug, you are just a troll aren’t you? Damn it, I should know better.

    • Waxil Davidson

      Generalizing is just stupid no matter who does it. Oh wait this time it’s you.

    • Indira Khan

      How racist they can be or how racist THEY ARE! Many White Americans seem to be deeply imbued with racism. Their daily living is about subjugating other races. You have to be psychotic to live your life that way and it seems to me that many have some sort of psychological or psychiatric problems. Just look at how they support the killing of a Black kid. In my Indian household, we were disgusted at the Whites who didn’t seem to care that a kid was murdered and the murderer went free.

      • Arthur McDonald

        Well said, Indira. I’m not sure what you mean by their DAILY living being about subjugating other races, but we all know who’s at the top of the pyramid, here. And you’re right, I have gotten in many an argument about the case when it FIRST happened, and you should’ve SEEN the poison coming out of some of these people’s mouths….
        Not to mention, the media treats a lot of issues concerning people of color being victimized in a strange way.

        • Kelly

          Yes, you’ve hit on some important points although you may not have realized it. The media is a big part of the problem, as they profit on focusing on outliers that will get people emotionally charged. Facts and peace are boring – people want arguments, and killing, and racism! So the media provide it without any counterbalance to show the full picture. Case in point: this article’s headline says he got jailed for sending black kids to jail, instead of the truth, which is he sent black AND white kids to jail! But apparently a lot of people didn’t read this story when it came out over 2 years ago when it was just about “kids”, so they implanted a racial element into an already tragic situation, thereby cashing in yet again on Trayvon’s death and the “blacks vs. whites” nonsense that has ensued. And it worked! Perhaps it is our fault for feeding into it?

          • Arthur McDonald

            It is a messed up situation either way. At the end of the day, the kids (whether black, white, or whatever) were wrongfully incarcerated for the sake of making money.
            However, I think what the overall collective idea is in this case, is that people know that it is easier to send a black person to prison. The said individual may have had nothing to do with said crime, but if he fits the description ENOUGH, he’s in there. So, I think that maybe this may have given the implication, that many of the kids sent to juvi-prison were black. But, I dunno…I need to research the story more, myself.

      • Kelly

        There are racist people of all races. On the flip side, there are great people who stand for equality for all races, from all races. I bet you want racism to end, yet you keep it alive in your comment, plus you have alienated the good-hearted white people who despise racism and who are politically or socially active to stop it. I don’t care what color you are, but you have shown yourself to be a racist (and it doesn’t matter that you said “many” whites instead of “all” whites, you have grouped people based on skin color). You are part of the problem and not the solution. To clarify, it is clear that institutional racism is still going strong and aimed primarily at blacks, but grouping whites together based on race and blasting them is doing nothing to solve the core problems. Racism can’t cure racism.

        • KnowbodyXXX

          I don’t see too many white kids being targeted for jail sentences nor do I see too many unarmed white kids being killed. Don’t suggest that it’s equal, it’s far from it.

          • Ste Bunches

            because you ain’t looking, snookums.

        • youngwallst

          The Problem is, even though you have whites who are not racist or participate in any racist acts, it’s still an over powering number of whites in high positions to create laws and policies that impact the lives of black people. Global white supremacy is run by powerful whites so when people say whites are racist, it’s the truth in that aspect, and the ones who are not are affected by that. Just like the blacks who choose decency and hard work over crime but still gets profiled because of the what whites and other races see about black people on TV or passing through the inner city.

          • DatBus

            This country was founded by White folks. Beleiving in “Global White Supremacy” is a racist concept. Nobody owes you anything. Learn the difference between “white supremacy” and a bunch of white people.

      • Samantha Blankenship

        Uh I am white and for your information I DO CARE I dont care what color he was he was a child and I have been saying from day one ZImmerman should pay no matter what

      • Ste Bunches

        you know what sucks worst about being a Person of color and yet having skin white as snow? listening to shitheads like you tell me I’m racist because I am ‘white’.

      • Dennisdread_2000

        It was actually worse than that..people literally danced a jig over it. Reveled, even.
        “There! , that’ll show that Sharpton and that Obama!” they said..”and it makes up for OJ too!”

        Some elements in this country have been quite open and quite vocal in showing their disdain for racial unity. Then they blame everyone else for their blatant racism.

    • Kelly

      I don’t see the point in either side trying to prove the other is “more racist.” There shouldn’t even be sides!! Can’t we just be humans? We are all manipulated and taken advantage of by the 1%. Now they are fragmenting us 99% with a revival of race-related tensions, which seemed to come out of nowhere for those of us who knew racism has been alive this entire time, most of which institutional racism and not individual racism. But it would be great to have blacks and whites at odds, because that helps the 1%. Don’t believe there is an agenda? You may not know this story was released TWO YEARS ago, and included nothing about race, because there was in fact no racial element in the crime. It has now been repackaged and reintroduced to the public with racial undertones to take advantage of the “black vs. white” craze after the trial of Trayvon’s murder. How about we go after all the institutional criminals like this guy, because it really doesn’t matter if he is black or white.

    • Gina Simpson-Myers

      While I agree that Blacks are much more likely to suffer the consequences of people like this judge having a position of power and authority, I think you’ll find that he chose his victims based more on economic status and family support in order to ensure that he was able to get away with his scheme. Those children who came before him without family members present – either because no one cared or they couldn’t afford time off work to appear in court – or with no legal representation, were all just as likely to receive a sentence of time in a juvenile facility. It’s sad that these kids had to suffer for this man’s greed, and I hope they get justice now that he’s been found guilty.

      • stop nsathugs

        Very good point. This has been going on for decades, and it sure doesn’t depend on skin color. There are far more whites in prisons and jails in America. These scumbag corrupt judges, cops, lawyers are a bunch of hypocrites and liars. They take advantage of every single thing they can to make a buck.

    • sjl
    • Constant Reminder

      Racist white Democrat, remember that last part

    • His Forever

      100., You’re not correct. He sent others off to jail that weren’t black. You’re the racist. He was just greedy. This headline is just jazzed up for the simpleminded to accept blindly.

    • shawn

      well its good you feel you have a reason to be racist, im sure all of the other racists in the world dont feel at all justified in being racist

    • Concerned

      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/13/us/13judge.html

      Many of these children were also white.

    • http://www.facebook.com/clarrissa.zamora.3 Clarrissa Zamora
    • Derrick

      I went back and read all the old articles. This reporter, Amir Shaw is the only one who mentions race. None of the official news articles EVER mention the race of the kids. Therefore, he sentenced BOTH black and white kids. By the way, The Judge was a Democrat.

    • Ste Bunches

      no, I still don’t get it. Being the victim of a crime and bigotry does not, in my oPinion, give you the right to be a bigot in return. You want to see black bigots doing the same shit? Check out the black CPS workers and see how many white kids they yank in comParison to black kids.

    • Prophetess Essie

      You are mentally ill or retarded.

    • Guy

      Blacks commit 85 percent of violent crimes.

      Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa.

      Thus, police arrest more blacks, democratic judge puts more blacks in jail, and you claim the judge is racist (and in general whites are worse people) “case closed”.

      If stuff like this is the reason you “feel this way”, then you are obviously looking for an excuse. Next time don’t include the word “we”, it makes all black people look bad.

      • Arthur McDonald

        Careful, though….concerning the numbers. I’m not saying that they are right or wrong, I’m just saying that the sources, and/ or the research thereof MAY be biased. The only reason I say is this: there was a special on the history channel about marijuana in America, and one lawyer reported that about 75 percent of all users are white, but about 80-90 percent of all arrests are mostly black and latin. Although that’s a different subject matter, it DOES relate to the focus of incarceration by the judicial system in this country, and suggest that there is more of a focus on black people, particularly black men.

        With this said, many of us have a very difficult time trusting anyone, really, because we are all primed to be hurt, slandered, abandoned, and then forgotten, because that has been many a person’s experience in this country by members of status within the white community. And this is by no means YOUR fault, or any immediate regular white Joe. But, don’t use those numbers in such a way as you have, because all it does is show us in a way that many have always been shown: just a number. There ARE problems in our community. However, as long as they ARE there, lets try and work together to help mend, and fix those problems both inside and out, because presenting a people as a number is a good way to breed separatist thinking. And you’re better than that :)

    • yrrab

      It isn’t only black people who suffer, the working class, the poor, gays, and single mothers would all suffer this man’s bile. It isn’t so much a matter of colour as it is a matter of mindset.

    • rich

      What a LIE that is.. Blacks as usual blow off all of their crime that has ruined city after city and schools.. Blacks are for sure the most racist and most hypocritical. Over 11 thousand blacks have been murdered by other blacks since the zimmerman incident happened but NOTHING on that one!

      • Arthur McDonald

        Well, that is more the fault of the media why it’s not talked about. But, we all have opportunities to talk about it now, and what can be done to cause positive change.
        However, I think the whole “ruining city after city and schools” thing is very offensive. All I’ve seen in the majority of these threads is grown people spitting poison at one another. There is more to cities and schools being ruined than a people’s ethnicity. Crime is crime. If you don’t wish to be grouped in with those who have a prejudicial tongue, it would be wise, then, to refrain from comments like that.

        • rich

          Look at the facts Arthur. That is all I am doing. Every city with large black student populations or nearly all are a disaster- DC, Newark, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia and on and on. I don’t like it. Wish it were not that way but it is what it is. Whites have been ethnically cleansed out of city schools. don’t believe me? Go look it up. Not saying every black kid is an idiot in the schools either but it is a LIE not to say too many have ruined the schools. Thus, no white parent sends their kids there- with good reason.

          • rich

            And are you actually saying with all the info out there on the net or watching TV news or reading a paper, people actually do not know blacks commit a disproportionate amount of crime? You mean to tell me blacks do not know this? Of course they do but most would rather BS about Zimmerman while ignoring the the ship is going to hit the iceberg.. And yes, the media is EVIL. I agree. The most destructive force in America

          • Arthur McDonald

            And what I’m saying, is that you cannot just blame “blacks” for the problem…it’s much deeper than that. Black people don’t grow up with an agenda to destroy white areas any more than whites are to black areas. I know that the numbers and the “facts” paint a picture that’s only as deep as they are meant to go, but afterwards, must come the investigations of these problems, and the finding of solutions. Maybe these kids need some kind of therapy, or are dealing with situations that are greater than they know how to endure, so then school becomes a playground for them as oppose to a place of learning. I mean, there are many reasons as to why these things happen aside from skin color, and they go back a very long way, probably before you and I were born, and all I’M saying, is that I believe this requires a bit more research than for one group of people indirectly related to another group’s social-economic and social-political state, to just use these numbers as a way of washing one’s hands of the problem. Also, we HAVE to start looking as each other as countrymen and not black, white, or whatever else-Americans. Because THAT gives place for one group turning a blind eye to another’s problems based upon the “numbers”. If many whites feel that way about black kids in their schools or districts, then the black community’s problems really ARE the white community’s problems. Because we can all only run from them but so long, brother. You and I are Americans. We cannot go into the following years forsaking one another.

    • Old Queen

      Most of the kids he sent to jail were white. You are a disenfranchised loser.

    • McHale72

      Who the hell are you, Al Sharpton? Blacks are about 1000 times more racist than whites. And your’e a complete moron.

    • PhasmaFelis

      Can we not blame all white people for what these (worthless scumbag) white people did, please? That’s as bullshit as saying that all black people are gangbangers.

    • Damon Somers

      dont use this for race baiting, black brown white it does not matter to say white people are more racist is just that!

    • malkia

      Just proves once again how racist people can be. They got the nerve to say people are more racist. Case closed. Stuff like this is the reason why we feel this way.

    • John Nemesh

      It’s not about White vs. Black. It’s about rich vs. poor…and about the powerful vs. the powerless.

    • thepaulrevereshow

      Nah ..You feel that way simply because you’re a racist pig too… probably worse than he is.,

    • deadbird17

      I always stand for equal rights, but this article is misleading. The kids he sent to jail were all races. They are only focusing on the money he made specifically from the black kids alone, but he wasn’t making money exclusively off black kids only.

    • anonymouse208

      I won’t comment on how racist this judge is or isn’t because the article gives us nothing to use to make this determination ourselves and expects us to just accept this based on the title. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he were, but they other things could play into this as well (like if he were a judge in a predominantly black area), but most importantly, I don’t feel this is the key part of this case to focus on, and I’ll explain why.

      There are PLENTY of cases of judges issuing harsher sentences to black people (especially black youth) than white, while there have been relatively few cases of judges blatantly warehousing people to benefit the private prison industry, which is the absolute downfall of our nation. It’s pretty obvious that it’s been happening, but it’s very difficult to prove, judges have a lot of power and there’s always plenty of room for reasonable doubt, so it’s rare that one is called out for it, much less imprisoned.

      CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) has sent out contracts to all 50 states offering to expand prison capacity in any state that will guarantee a 90% fill rate for the next 20 years. So there’s a huge incentive to warehouse people in prison, rather than attempt to rehabilitate them and get them to be a productive member of society as so many could/would. This affects everyone, but being that black citizens already have this higher likelihood of spending an inordinate amount of time in prison, the black community should certainly be concerned about this.

      Until the private prison industry is done away with in the US, expect more of this nonsense to happen. A “justice” system stacked against black people is typically viewed as a “black problem” – that’s not right, it’s a problem we should all be concerned about and work to correct, but unfortunately, that’s how it is and has always been, so until the comfortable middle class (quickly disappearing, but that’s another topic) sees this as a threat to everyone, not just others, not much will be done. I think it’s important to prioritize your battles and strategize accordingly or both issues will be dilluted.

    • simong02

      How is what you’re saying not absurdly racist? Is it OK if I comment on how criminal black people can be?

    • Luke

      And what are you doing besides perpetuating racism? This article literally said nothing about race. You’re the one bringing racism to the discussion. Disgusting hypocrite.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Rhodes/576994322 Kevin Rhodes

      Blacks are far more racist than whites. the fact that you brought race into this discussion that has nothing to do with race proves my point.

    • jim

      Your a racist idiot.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/donultra2009 M.U. tha don

    This judge got exactly what he desevred……

    M.U. THA DON

    EVERYDAY

    http://m.soundcloud.com/m-u/everyday

    • Andrea

      He should’ve had to pay all that money back to the kids whose lives he screwed up!

      • jootjoint

        Yeah, like all of $2.6 million in repayment, plus payments for all the mental anguish, for EVERY young lad who suffered at the behest of Ciavarella and Conahan!

        • Jordan Gregory

          As if that was enough. do you know all the jobs these kids are not gonna get because of.wrongful convictions and.time served in jail over these stupid reasons? Gonna have to bring.documentation to every interview just to get passed background checks.

          • AcaciaJules

            Most of the convictions will likely be expunged from their records, now that they know of the corruption.

          • stop nsathugs

            That’s bull, you don’t know the lame injustice system in amerika. Welcome to the jew world order. Police state brought to you by the police state experts in israel.

          • Real Logic

            …past.

          • november61

            they can make sure of an expungement based on the judge being sentenced jordan

          • MS,S

            THEY CAN & WILL EXPUNGE THEIR RECORDS BUT IT WILL STILL BE ON THERE IF EVER A POLICE OFFICER LOOKS THEM UP IT WILL POP UP… OUR EXPUNGEMENT SYSTEM IS FLAWED AS WELL…

  • jootjoint

    I want him to serve every bit of his sentence too! No parole, or early release for good behavior…NONE OF THAT!

    And I want his family line to be limited to eating –it, forevermore!

  • shara

    This nigga right here. I sweater God, yes I said sweater. He is one evil bastard!

  • Charles Johnson

    Hopefully, he won’t get to serve his sentence in a PRIVATE jail!

    • rmthunter

      I think that would be perfect — they’re much worse than state-run facilities.

      • Charles Johnson

        Well, in that case. … :-)

  • Palli

    So what about “his colleague Judge Michael Conahan?

    • Fedupin10

      And PACC and it’s executives?

  • art ah zen

    it came too late for a lot fo the children this man sentenced but at least he can get some of his own medicine. let’s hope they send him to a real prison, not some club fed. this man is a disgrace and 28 years is not enough but it least its something.

  • Phil

    I wonder if he will get a cut for putting himself in jail.

    • junktex

      LMAO

  • alboy2

    28 years is not enough for this monster, but it’s a good start. An absolutely disgusting display of greed and self-interest; wonder if he’s a Republican?? Hope you enjoy life in the Graybar Hotel, you scumbag.

    • Real Logic

      Given the last name, I would guess democrat.

      • Gabby Parsons

        Really? You can tell a person’s political persuasion simply by seeing their name? What other amazing feats of psychic ability do you have?

        • Real Logic

          Well, his wiki does say that he is a democrat.

  • Wes

    Republican

    • Real Logic

      Nope. Check his wiki.

    • Allen

      While everyone is typing in their comments about race… the banks are stealing your money, politicians are sending your jobs to China, India, & Mexico, the IRS is auditing the politicians political enemies, Whistle blowers are being killed (Hastings, Benghazi) or persecuted(Snowden, Manning) your bill of rights is being erased from the constitution… etc. This racial division is being created by federally funded minority groups so that Citizens don’t UNITE and see the real bad guys: corrupt politicians local, state, and federal. Wake up !

  • pan

    what about the people running the youth centers who were paying him? were they punished? this should lead into a probe of the entire private prison industry because it’s brimming with this kind of corruption, but i bet it won’t.

    • Chirpy

      Ding ding ding!!!

  • gidtanner

    You should know that this creep sent lots of white kids away too . He cared for money and sadism no matter the kid’s race . Also know that dem gov Ed Rendell & his administration covered up the fact that people all up & down the “justice ” system knew what was going on & let it continue .

  • Forest Brown

    This is what they mean when The System’s Stacked against Black People.!!

    • Steve

      It wasn’t just black kids, this title is complete BS, do a quick google search!

    • quip

      actually the great majority of kids he sent to jail are white.

  • Tom

    “He once sentenced a teen to three months in jail for creating a MySpace page that mocked her school’s assistant principal. Ciavarella also sentenced another teen to 90 days in jail after a simple schoolyard fight.”

    That would be Kevin Mishanski and Hillary Transue, two white teenagers. This had absolutely nothing to do with race whatsoever.

    • Guest

      2 white people out of how many blacks?

      • Guest

        Google it moron.

  • Ty Ellison

    If there is any justice, he will be sentenced to a privatized prison, since he likes to feed children to the system for profit. Let him dwell in the belly of the beast for a while.

  • Kaybie

    This happened in Luzerne county Pa. This dirty judge sentenced almost every kid to some kind of confinement. Race didnt play a role, money did. If anything its more like 80% white kids got sent away.Google KIDS FOR CASH and see for yourselves

  • quip

    OK…. so how many black children are there in Luzerne County, PA ? How much of this story is just fiction ?

  • Marti Settle

    Scumbags are not known by the color of their skin. They are known for the content of their character.

  • gggreggg

    not to excuse any racism, but remember that all ethnic and racial groups have racists among them. for example, I know of Greeks that wont allow their children to marry non-Greeks and Chinese that want their kids to marry only Chinese (or at least Asians).

  • h4nd

    Made $2.6M, had to give 1M back…

  • Kay Cee

    I am pissed off to the highest level of pissivity! Joe Madison discusses this exact subject on his black talk radio show a lot on SiriusXM channel 110 the Urban View M-F 6am-10am.

  • Starchitect

    I dont understand. Do people not see these kids get the sentences then? WTF is wrong with people that they LET some fuckhead put kids in cages for such petty infractions. this is just a symptom

  • Adrian Inness

    Not black… but still very pleased with him being hoisted by his own petard.

  • Real Logic

    Democrat. Google him, then read the Wiki.

  • stuffs

    homey got what he deserved. a little taste of his own medicine. I hope he’s not too old to be raped in there like some of the children he sent to prison.

  • wtf

    What is wrong with you people who care more about the race of these kids than the fact that it was done at all? Racism is such a minor infraction compared to wrongful imprisonment. I don’t care if this judge was racist or if he was MLK’s biggest fan. Hang ‘im.

    In fact, him being brought up on racketeering is letting him off disgustingly easy: He should be charged with kidnapping, physical, and sexual assault for everything that happened to these kids, black or white. If you don’t know why I mention physical and sexual assault you are very naive. And clearing these kids’ records doesn’t nearly bring them justice. They will never be the same again.

  • Whitey

    Worst article ever the “author” should hang himself in his parents home so they can find his dead body swing from the rafters when they return home.

  • JaspoK12

    it’s about the money dude!! Check your 401K, your pension funds, you dummy, I’ll bet you are invested in private prisons too because they are very lucrative. Moreover, the politicians you vote for allow the industry to flourish. I understand the knee jerk racism comes to your mind first because you only see the world through a prism of black and white, but with any luck and some intellect you will realize that its not about black and white at all its about power and green. Obama is proof of that.

  • xyzlo

    This man is a disgrace to the human race, of ALL colors! He is a traitor to the Constitution! He’s done a hell of a good job for our enemies, who point to this to show the U.S. to be immoral and evil. He should also split his ill-gotten gains among the children he threw under the bus!!

  • JaspoK12

    You poor slobs that think this is about race! Where were you when your elected officials ran for office. Where were you when private prisons were being built. You are the uninformed and lazy who sit on their butts and complain instead of demanding justice and would probably never think of spending any money to hire a lawyer to fight your cause.

  • Guy Daley

    Unfortunately most people won’t use this story as a vital clue on how government operates or the importance of the prison industry. In this case the judge took DIRECT bribes. In federal governments case, the bribes come back to LAWMAKERS in the form of lobbying bribes, quite legal, in order to make more laws with longer sentences to keep those jails and prisons packed. The US has more people in jail and more people PER CAPITA in jail than any other country in the world. Any questions?

  • Jim Walters

    Not feeling sorry for this s.o.b. He ought to kiss his lucky ass he went to federal pen. I would have sentenced him to state pen, where he would have received true justice after lights out.

  • Susan Ellman

    Please don’t blame all white people for the bigotry of some. There are those of us who were appalled by the actions of this so-called judge and are very glad justice has finally caught up with him. I wonder why the @$$#*!&’s conduct hasn’t received more coverage. This is only the second time I’ve heard anything about it. Wait, did I just write that? Actually, l’m not surprised at all. My best wishes go out to all his victims who have gotten their freedom back.

  • Samantha Blankenship

    I hope someone makes him their bitch in jail

    • Chirpy

      No, rid prisons of such behavior completely and let him rot.

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  • Guest

    What an asshole.

  • supreme12

    Because of corruption like this is why I cant see my kids today. They want to put out the stereotype that black men dont want to take care of their children lie. I went to the courts and begged to see my kids but the cracka/uncle tom judges were basically telling me we dont care if u see ur kids but u will pay this child support. They are fully aware of what they are doing to the black family. They turn us against each other and reward our sisters for throwing their black men under the bus. This is definitely all by design and it took me to lose access to my children to start see how things really are. I dont even blame my kids mother for the way she acts I blame the system for encouraging and rewarding those actions.

  • planetvagabond

    Both judges that were convicted in this case railroaded both black AND WHITE kids. In fact, I think that the majority of the kids sent to the juvenile detention facility were white. the two judges are rat bastards and deserve to rot in jail. But there is no value or integrity in speaking against injustice and making misleading statements to do so.

  • RNMurray

    Why does this article say Black Kids? Majority of the kids involved in this case were white. Now, I don’t doubt that some black kids were caught up in this judge’s atrocities. But there were more kids involved in this case than “little black kids”. A lot of children lost there freedom because of this guy, Do your black readers justice, and post all the facts next time please.

    To those who are wondering this is a legit case it happened back in 2011–http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/11/mark-ciavarella-jr_n_924324.html

  • Estella Cohen

    This only proves that we’re not crazy and the system is rigged. I still wonder how many innocent people are in jail. This is truly the Prison Industrial Complex at work.Strive on Mindfully and God help us.

  • Jesse Grant

    Now, I have a question, what happened to the prison operator who worked in complicity with both judges to imprison the blacks incarcerated in those prisons? Were they also prosecuted? If not, then the judicial system should complete this process and imprison all of those prison operators who knowingly conspired with both judges.

  • Roiyar

    HE should serve 30 years in Jail I am sure he won’t make it 90. Most corrupt millionaires especially old ones won’t survive jail time for too many years. All they’ve known is an entitled life. Throw him in jail seize his assets and good riddance.

  • sjl

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJY85V3w3xM
    Just saying….ALL kids were targeted. The media and this race baiting is getting out of hand. Im not sure why the media wants segregation so damn bad. its disgusting.

  • ThaReal

    Glad somebody figured it out and investigated… Now on to a million other facilities!

  • Jud Cargile

    other than the color green. What is supporting a racist bias in the case as reported here?

  • Jud Cargile

    Seems most blacks are the ones with racist attitudes. You see the motivation here as anti black only because it is in the title and not supported by one single sentence in the article.

  • Thomas Simmons

    How about requiring restitution to his VICTIMS?!

  • http://DadlandShutUP.com/ Dadland Maye

    Judge sentenced after profiteering from sending black kids to jail. Jail is big business in America. It keeps the economy vibrant in suburban communities.

  • Counterbalance to White Hate

    White people are the most vile and evil scum on the face of the planet.

    • J Blair

      a little racist, are we? your problem is that you think all white people are one person.

  • bsmsnudge

    This guy wasn’t just sending black kids to jail, he was sending everyone that came up before him. He didn’t care what race the kid was, he just wanted his money.
    28 years in jail sounds about right, he’ll probably die there, karma.

  • anon

    This gut actually sent mostly white kids to jail! There were news programs interviewing the kids. Check the facts on this one!

  • George G Collins Jr.

    I’m white and racist as hell and will be offended at anything less than this POS being put in anything other than an all black prison block where every inmate has received a copy of this story.

    Just because I’m racist doesn’t mean I hate you. It only means I want to be separate from you because, on average, I don’t like you.

  • OKE

    Wow. These are the stories that make me lose faith in the human race. What a scumbag!!!!

  • http://www.arielmarketinggroup.com/ Amy McCloskey Tobin

    This is such a misleading headline. This case happened in Scranton PA – and was hugely covered. Not once was race ever a part of it, and knowing the population of the Scranton area, one would have to think that the kids were primarily white. Where is your evidence that somehow Ciavella targeted black kids? He targeted ALL kids.

  • Tosheba

    I don’t believe a single word of it.

    • couchtripper

      You don’t believe that someone could be swayed by money to mess with people’s lives? Are you an adult?

  • Tammy

    In FLORIDA authorities at a reform school for children raped, beat and buried nearly hundreds of children, and the black children were far more in number and buried separately. Governor Scott is trying to block all efforts to exhume the bodies. Someone needs to expose all the corruption in FLORIDA and what authorities are doing to the children down there. Look up “The White House Boys” and “Facts Court Watch”. Very disturbing!

  • RBeezy

    Remember, this is just ONE man. One man who has negatively altered possibly 4000 lives (assuming there were no repeat offenders). But black people are supposed to be content with the current state of affairs? Hell no.

  • SicknTiredofWhiners

    Crazy…I live in this area that it happened in…and at NO time was there ever a breakdown as to racial ethnicity among the children being sent to juvenile detention. Another example how the media distorts the truth and the sheeple blindly believe it as gospel. Stop playing the race card already! I don’t see any white people forcing the black people into the life of crime that is so popularly being portrayed on tv, music videos, etc…Black Americas problem isnt the white people, its the black people who cant take responsibility for their own actions but instead play the damn *woe is me* race card. Get over it!! Where were all you race baiters when that little white baby was shot in the face by a couple of young black thugs??

  • junktex

    Our legal system is a P.O.S.

  • NVN777

    Amerika land of the free, home of the brave. Best democracy in the world. NOT !!!

  • stop nsathugs

    Instead of you dimwits crying about these white & black kids being sent to jail, you should be stopping the insane building of more & more prisons & jails, that will continue this insanity. Blame the greedy corporations, banks, corrupt judges, scumbag lawyers, but don’t blame the average john & jane doe, who had nothing to do with it, except voting for more of the same. Time to get off your lazy butts and do something, or you will be the next that gets locked up for nothing.

  • KnightZone

    I think “Law and Order” based one of its shows on this theme but without the racial aspect-just young folks.

  • jay6

    I would bet he is a democrat!

  • fairncompetent1

    There’s no question in my mind that this type of thing happens to African Americans in this country, but if one simply did a bit more searching they would find that color did not make a difference with this despicable FORMER judge. Even the kid referenced in the article that he sent to jail for the myspace account was white. It’s imperative to do your research. If one is to continue to call every case racial, soon the actual cases that ARE racially biased will be overlooked. “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is a tale I think many should re-read. No it shouldn’t matter, but yes, I’m African American.

    • John Dough

      Black people do dumb stuff more often even though they are only 13 % of the population.

      8 times more likely than whites to be in prison

      6 times more likely to be on welfare

      MURDER
      White:4,382 = 1.77 per 100k.
      Black:4,498 = 11.83 per 100k.
      Blacks commit murder at a rate 6.68 times that of Whites.

      RAPE
      White:10,990 = 4.45 per 100k.
      Black:5,428 = 1,428 per 100k.
      Blacks commit rape at a rate 3.21 times that of Whites.

      ROBBERY
      White:41,962 = 17 per 100k.
      Black:56,948 = 150 per 100k.
      Blacks commit robbery at a rate 9 times that of Whites.

      AGG. ASSUALT
      White:208,081 = 84 per 100k.
      Black:112,325 = 295 per 100k.
      Blacks commit agg. assualt at a rate 3.5 times that of Whites.

      BURGLARY
      White:157,252 = 64 per 100k.
      Black:73,960 = 195 per 100k.
      Blacks commit burglary at a rate 3 times that of Whites.

      LARCENY-THEFT
      White:663,360 = 269 per 100k.
      Black:286,844 = 755 per 100k.
      Blacks commit larceny at a rate 2.8 times that of Whites.

      MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT
      White:44,674 =18 per 100k.
      Black:28,510 = 75 per 100k.
      Blacks commit motor vehicle theft at a rate 4 times that of Whites.

      OVERALL VIOLENT CRIME
      White:265,754 = 107 per 100k.
      Black:179,636 =473 per 100k.
      OVERALL BLACKS COMMIT CRIMES AT A RATE 4.4(440%) TIMES THAT OF WHITES.

      But pretty much anyone who can read and understands basic math can figure that out on their own if they choose to simply look up the government supplied figures and process the numbers.

      Now that being said locking people up for profit is insane and I am surprised some pissed off parent never busted a cap in this guy, now that being said you can bet your behind that someone has a relation in the prison he is going to and if he ever gets put in general population he will die with a homemade shank in his guts.

      • stacy_82

        I am curious as to where you got this information from and are these stats by state or nationally?

  • susandanielspi

    There is not a single word in the story that the kids he sent to jail were black. Apparently, none of you with condescending comments bothered to read the article. The headline was good enough for you dunces.

  • DMTZone

    ..have a good time in prison muthafucker ..Bubba’s waiting to say “hello” to dat ass!

  • PMM

    Where is the evidence that he targeted black youth?

  • Realtalk

    If white people don’t start doing something about other racist white people its gonna come back in bite you in the @zz

  • The Real BoogsMalone

    The black youth are fighting a very real fight, that people try to act like doesn’t exist. It’s not a mental block, or blacks acting like they are owed anything. There is racism in high places of authority, enforcing stereotypes, and dealing unfairly with the black youth.

  • Kelly Cowan

    I have looked everywhere, goggled every combination of words, and I can not find any information regarding the ethnic composition of the children in this case. i was just hoping someone could point me to that information. The only reference regarding the racial composition of the children I have been able to find was in the headline of this article. I have read over 50 articles written between 2011 when this story broke, and this week when this assholes appeal was denied, and I have not found a single word about to the racial composition of the children involved.

  • Rascallflattsgirl

    What a POS! I hope he gets all he deserves, and more at his new home.

  • Stacy Turner

    LOL. Whitey in jail. :LOL.

    U Mad cracker ass crackers?

    LOL: I am white, More like clear.

    U madder?

    LOL.

  • Jimis Genetics

    How the hell is he only paying 1mil in restitution when he recieved over 2.6 just from PA Child Care. If he’s still alive in 28 years he should have nothing to look forward to except welfare.

  • jamanaway46

    THIS IS NOTHING NEW THEY BEEN DOING IT A LONG TIME AGO WHY SO MANY BLACK MEN IN PRISON.KARMA IS A BITCH WHEN IT TURN ON YOU GOD HELP YOU GIVE HIM TIME HE WILL HANG HIMSELF

  • Gail L Ross, M.S.

    There is no way a court will be fair or just to anyone when they are set up as a corporate business for profit…which they are! It’s all deception and lies. They would love to incite race divisions because if we all stick together we can change all this ugliness to something beautiful enmass. Racial division is a tool to use against us. Martin Luther King said it best “an injustice for one is an injustice for all. The transparency of truth opens the doors of deception for all to see!

  • rebeeca long

    I feel like that’s how the judges in Florida is doing the black people and not the whites

  • rebeeca long

    they always say black people try to play the race card but we have a reason to play the race card because they are racist ass hell

  • Whitey McCracken

    Amir Shaw doesn’t care about white children. His bias is blatant.

  • Renee

    They should offer a few of them the chance to stay in there and whoop his ass for unjustly incarcerating them!

  • http://www.thebeaconofhope.co.uk/ samuel farmer

    america is broken !! the system is a terrorist !!!!

  • myles

    send him down!

  • Dan

    Read the actual articles: AMIR SHAW is the ONLY ONE who mentions race as a factor out of all the original stories. Mr. Shaw. Cite your resources and stop trying to stir up racial hate in America!

  • Enles4givnes

    This really infuriates me. Jail time for my space? What’s so unfortunate is the impact and anguish his actions had on the kids. #IMPISSEDOFF

  • Pansy CaramelGoddess Rogers

    they should lock his butt up

  • [email protected]

    A dam shame then they wonder why blacks don’t like there butts. Nothing will never change with them, because they think they are above blacks. But there is a God that sit High and Looks Low.

  • E.L. Goldgerg

    He got only 28 years for messing up those innocent kids lives?!!!!!! He should get life! America needs to wake up and smell the inequality! We will NEVER be equal as long as most white folks believe they are superior!! Perfect example is the whole history behind thanksgiving, yet we celebrate a day when a group of Europeans believing they are the superior race invaded America and stole everything from its original owners ( poor ignorant bastards) and claim to discover this new world called America! Can’t discover something that has already been discovered a-holes! America needs to focus on building one race only… THE HUMAN RACE!

  • Ste Bunches

    may God have mercy on this man’s soul, because I guarantee that will be all that’s left of him after the boys get a hold of him.

  • Guest

    This need to happy in many more court systems in the USA! I am certain that this activity is rampant! Follow the $$$ “Pathway to Prison” “School to Prison” The searches are easy through internet!

  • Kool Jay

    KARMA IS A MUTH@FUCK@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Beatrice Beauchamp

    This need to happen in many other court jurisdictions all over America! Follow the $$$, “Economy of the Prison System”, “Pathway to Prison”, “From School to Prison”. Lord, let the eyes of the blinded be opened, let the spirit of greed be exposed! Many imprisoned through this greed today may be African/Black and Hispanic Americans, however, money does not discriminate. Soon it will be European/White Americans as well!

    • Ste Bunches

      he sent uP white kids too. Not that that will somehow make what he did any more ‘fair’.

      • Beatrice Beauchamp

        To Ste Bunches, thank you for your reply. I am not surprised! When it comes to the love of money, it does not discriminate! It is truly so very sad because it was never intended for so many people to be incarcerated, especially due to abuse in the justice system. I pray that those being released will be able to forgive and continue their journey in life without backlash from what this judge did to them. I pray their lives are restored and that somehow even these actions will work out for their good!

        • Ste Bunches

          Yeah, I agree with you., how terrible is it that the justice system is so set on targeting children and Poor women, the two grouPs least able to fight back. We’re building our own brand of terrorists by terrorizing PPl with gov’t aPProval. It’s soo so sad, so heartbreaking to watch. How do we build a loving, nurturing society? By being loving, nurturing PPl, regardless of any other reasoning.

  • abirdman

    This is not racism, it’s classism. The victims were poor people too naive to understand the juvenile justice system is NOT there to help them with their kids, and too poor to hire effective legal representation.

    • Prophetess Essie

      Bingo.

  • Prophetess Essie

    You all have absolutely no damn idea what this story was about before you ran off hollering racism. He sentenced whites, blacks, latinos, etc. CLASS might be a more refined argument, but RACE really played no role in the fact that Mark A. Ciavarella was a criminal, opportunist. In fact, it was the WHITE parents who raised hell about their children being incarcerated that tipped of the Feds.

    • abirdman

      Also, to characterize it as racism divides the opposition. I stand with all people of good faith, regardless of race, background, or religion who condemn and oppose this vile behavior. The only way for the establishment to beat the 99% is to divide us into multiple camps.

      Blessings to you, Prophetess Essie.

      • Prophetess Essie

        I am there with you, brother. It’s a distraction.

    • TCG

      Can’t really separate race and class though. The FACT is the majority of class issues are going to disproportionately affect Black people. If you don’t know it, it’s because you don’t want to know it. I’ll give you an example. It’s an older interview but still very relevant today

      “Interviewer: But the fact is, isn’t it, that Reagan does get to the Wallace voter and to the racist side of the Wallace voter by doing away with legal services, by cutting down on food stamps?”

      “Lee Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

  • Prophetess Essie

    And this monster has been in a cage since 2011.

  • Prophetess Essie

    The appeals was denied in May of 2013, why is RO JUST now reporting this like they got the scoop on someone?

  • GreyWolf62

    I read the 200-page complaint. I did not see one mention of race which leads me to conclude that he was not discriminating against little Black boys.

  • Prophetess Essie
  • Prophetess Essie

    sOMEONE ALREADY SAID THE only COLOR INVOLVED WAS GREEN.

  • Prophetess Essie
  • Prophetess Essie

    RACISM, huh?

  • rosa

    o.k.drugs and guns get placed into black neighborhoods. blacks get more time for same offense than whites. keep the jails filled with blacks. build more prisons for blacks. and meanwhile grease the palms of racist judges. blacks have known this for years.

  • wethepoor

    Must we make everything about politics. Can’t you people see that politicians only care about themselves….they can give a crap about the people that pay taxes to provide them a decent salary to “not care about us”. Let’s call this story for what it is….this guys favorite color is green…its just unfortunate that a black child pays more to imprison that any other child. I know everyone has heard the phrase “money is the root to evil” in this case….money and racism are the root to all evil. This is not a GOP or DEM issue…..this is an “American people” issue.

  • bythebay

    This is nothing new, it has been going on all over the USA since Reconstruction. Pennsylvania sent Black kids to work on farms since I can remember, in the 1950′s. Read Dennis Blackmon’s book, “Slavery by Another Name”. This judge is just one of many, and the reason he is going to jail is because he got so greedy he started sending White kids to jail too.

  • Whatever

    The title o this story is misleading. It says nothing regarding the race of the children he sent to jail. And the race doesn’t matter anyway… ANYONE–black, white, male, female, whatever–sent to jail unjustly is disgusting.

  • lonnyg773

    The stupidity of America to think Racism is dead. First off, don’t give me any bs that this one judge didn’t care about race, which is true, but please get a clue people. The only reason this judge got caught is because of the WHITE parents who made a fuss. When black parents make a fuss, they’re voice for some reason goes unheard until they contact Rev Al or Jesse and then all of a sudden they’re race baiting. Let’s not forget the person who called out Paula Deen was WHITE. One judge, only this dude got caught and its because enough WHITE people complained. Do you all seriously think he’s the only person doing this? And why is the prison system disproportionately overcrowded with Blacks and Hispanics, yet White people convicted of similar crimes get less sentences? Follow Fox News Much?

  • Pam

    He not only sent Black children to jail for profit but he sent white children as well. One committed suicide and his mother nearly killed this bastard

  • Teri Coley Adams

    perfect argument against the privatization of prisons.. Get profits OUT of our prison systems!

  • ciaoluna

    Where in this article does it say that the youths were black ? They were NOT. This happened in a small city in PA over many years in a white area. Just proves, once again, how racist and hatemongering some blacks can be when they try to manipulate their own communities by printing false headlines like this to incite hatred. Don’t believe every headline you read. Due your own due diligence before jumping on the hate bandwagon.

  • john arana

    ha ha fucking scammer rot in jail what a turd

  • imperial85

    I hope he gets raped then rots the rest of his life in a 2 man cell.

  • Always the Teacher

    This judge was as crooked as they come. His actions not only harmed African American, but youth of other races as well; in one documented case, the young man suffered irreparable harm in prison and later committed suicide…

  • Rolling Out Some Race bait

    Here is a link to one of the “Only Black Kids Get Convicted” that shot himself because of this judge! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1359154/Cash-kids-judge-took-1m-kickback-private-jail-builder-lock-children-up.html OMG Rolling Out is sooo honest in making themselves get hits for their lame ass website! Are they scumbags just like this Judge? You decide! See ya later race baiters!

  • Karissa Lott

    Karma is something! Serves his ass right. What’s done in the dark comes to light. Now he will serve the remaining of his life behind bars where he belongs. :-P

  • Jean Spence

    What are they going to do to the prisons that paid him?

  • D.

    The racial makeup of Luzerne County, PA was 96.63% White, 1.69% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 1.16% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.2% were of Polish, 15.6% Italian, 13.8% Irish, 12.1% German and 5.3% Slovak ancestry.

    • TribeCalledGuest

      This doesn’t really mean anything. What was the racial makeup of the kids he locked up? No one can really say if he was racist or not without that info.

  • Carry

    This is not about how the system has failed the community but they knew which person will accept their judgement and which ones would fight.

    I have lived in a small town where blacks accept whatever is told them to accept by the legal system. They do not fight. They accept everything their doctors say and what others in authority tell them to do without question.

    i wounder, in all of those cases how many of the parents fought for their child or sought higher legal advice on these cases….

    To call the NAACP is a joke if it is one that is not highly televised and help from others in the community…turn and hide because they do not want to be subjected to the “man”.

    • TribeCalledGuest

      This is definitely specific to your town lol.
      As a Black person, I can tell you the majority of Black people I know are highly distrusting of doctors. The older generations are particularly distrusting because Black people were (and still are) subject to eugenics and other medical experimentation.
      The only thing Black people distrust more than doctors is law enforcement, and for good reason. I don’t know about you but I see constant push back not only by family but by the community as well. It falls on deaf ears. Studies show, Blacks and Whites can perform the same action but perceived as worse when Blacks do it. This is common knowledge to most Black people but I can link some stats if wanted.

  • Paul

    LMAO!!!

  • Big Ed

    He just got caught, early. The republiCANT party plan, was to cause a depression, causing cheap labor. then when unemployment went to 47%, they would fight over any job, just like in 1930′s. That why we have private-prisons, that some folks, don’t even know about. And now, they wish to fill them, and 1%-repubs, don’t care how, because they’ll make more money.

    • Brian Hughes

      Sorry, didn’t mean to interrupt a good rant with facts, but you DID know that the 47% unemployment rate for black teens is almost ten points higher than it was just last year? But of course that can’t be ‘Lord and Master Obama’s fault.

      Okay, please carry on with your ignorant carrying on.

      • Big Ed

        At some point, I’d like you to think. The economy, by bush & the repub-congress, caused an economic failure, which started in 2004,. And hit it’s peak during 2007, which was the main reason for McCain, who said, he didn’t know anything about the economy, with an air-head, as the V.P. Candidate, lost that election. Only a fool, would think otherwise, believing lame and ignorant excuses. Everything, the repubs have done, since then, is to slow the economy, to gouge home-owners, by forcing foreclosures. By selling jobs off, to oversea’s countries, and companies, thus removing jobs. My book will explain further, but you need to pay attention, and W.T.F.U. The repubs, whether you’re a bigot or not, tried to sell this country off. Put the racism aside, and look at what they have done.

        • Brian Hughes

          Only a fool would think that an unemployment rate that ROSE from last year to this year was due to the party who last had full control almost ten years ago. Just wondering how long putzes like you are going to keep those blinders on – when things are worse next year, worse still five years later, and the whole ball of wax goes down the drain like it did in Detroit after decades of Democrap control, looney tunes like you will still be incapable of seeing fault in your ‘Lord and Master’, and will continue believing what you’re told to believe.

          By the way, Skippy, you have a pretty big pair of cajones talking about airheads for VP candidates, given the disgrace that holds the office now. The only thing he’s good for is keeping Obama in office, since nobody in the country wants THAT moron to get the job.

          • Big Ed

            The unemployment rate is lower, each year, this president has been in office, and job-creation, has gone up, for 41-straight months. 10-years ago? no, actually from 1996 until 2008, the repubs were in control, both houses. If you don’t know that, your data-source, had lied to you, or, YOU are lying. The facts, back-up, everything I say, not faux-fools, rhetoric. And if you think sarah, wasn’t the biggest failure, from any party, the person, with the least amount of knowledge, to run for any office, then you’re a bigger fool, or liar, than I thought. Only paid, karl-rovers, lie like that,

          • Brian Hughes

            Not that I thought you were paying attention – you’ve already demonstrated that’s not your strong suit – but when I said “the 47% unemployment rate for black teens” it should have given you a clue what I was referring to. But if you want to talk the overall unemployment rate, yes, it’s FINALLY just barely back under 8% – the magic number Odumbsh*t told us we had to spend that first trillion dollars to keep from hitting, and it stayed OVER that mark for 43 months, more months than it stayed over 8% in the preceding SIXTY YEARS combined. And 90% of the jobs that Odumsh*t ‘created’ are part time jobs. If you counted unemployment the way it always WAS counted before your Lord and Master took over, the rate is almost double the ‘official’ number. And even at all THAT, the only reason the ‘official’ rate is under 8% is because of the number who are no longer being counted, because their benefits ran out (after TWO YEARS) and they’re no longer counted as part of the workforce. The percentage of working age Americans that have jobs is lower than any time after the Depression.

            “10-years ago?”

            I was using your number, Skippy, when you said “bush & the repub-congress, caused an economic failure, which started in 2004″. If you can’t remember what you write, perhaps you could scroll up to refresh your memory? But since you mentioned it: From 1997 to 2001 Republicans held both houses of Congress but we had a Democr*p in the White House. From 2001 to 2003 we had a Republican president and House but the Democr*ps controlled the Senate. From 2007 until 2009, during which the economy tanked, Democra*ps held both houses of the legislature. And from 2009 until 2011, your Lord and Master STILL had Democr*ps controlling both houses of Congress, and accomplished: Absolutely nothing.

            You should really read something once in a while, other than just believing what Rachel Madkow tells you it’s okay to believe today, Skippy. It MIGHT make you look marginally less like a dolt. Although I doubt it.

          • Big Ed

            The other failed repubs, tried to shut-down the gov’t, with newt. That allowed Clinton to become Pres. The congress, from the 1996-election, were repubs, from 1887 to 2009. When you lie, just for the karlrove, liars-money, get your facts right. And everything, that rachel says, can be proved, along with 60-other data sources. You nitwits, that listen to faux & rush, know less than people, who don’t know the news at all. 7-universities, have studied, and proven that fact too. Everything, you paid-off repubs lie about, is counter to the truth. Don’t lie to me again, skip

          • qualityrkc

            Hey ed, did you know in 2009 Obama started handing over raw unfiltered metadata to Israel no strings attached? Do you think that puts us and american businesses at rDid you know in 2011 Obama sought to remove restrictions on NSA? Did you know obama is arming al quaeda in Syria?

          • Big Ed

            Democrats, only held both houses, from 2008-2010. When you have the facts wrong, or you need to lie, see karl. He pays a nickle-a-lie, to support the repub-point of lies.

          • Brian Hughes

            Pssst: Hey, Skippy: They hold ELECTIONS in 2008 for congressional sessions in 2009 thru 2011, in 2010 for sessions from 2011 thru 2013, etc. Why am I arguing with a putz that doesn’t even know that presidents and congressmen don’t take office in November?

          • Big Ed

            As a complete idiot, I should have put this on a 3rd-grade level, for you to understand. The election was held in 2008, they took office during 2009. The 2010, midterm election, was held for those taking office, in January, the next year. Only a complete idiot, would argue that, when you have not a clue, about what you’re lying about. The point being, you lied, when you said, the demo’s had control over the congress, for 10-years. Your limited ability to believe idiotic things said by the wrong-wing, IS normal for you bigots. You don’t have enough heart, or sense, to check the facts. You fools lie, and when you get caught, try to change the subject, skippy.

    • qualityrkc

      Ed this guy was a democrat. You need to realize that both parties are completely corrupt. Until you do your critique of repubs is just partisan hogwash and nobody but democrats will listen to you.

      • Big Ed

        He was put in, implementing a repub-policy. There are mostly corrupt repubs, in office, which run these facilities, and a few democrats, who fight for the money, the same way. Overall, it’s a 30-1 ratio.

      • Big Ed

        The point was about repubs, pushing these private-prisons, so they could have slave-labor.

        • qualityrkc

          Are dems pushing back in a meaningful way? If not then shutup.

          • Big Ed

            yes they are, pay attention. Stop listening to rush or faux, or any house repub, lying to you.

          • qualityrkc

            Not a partisan Ed. I hate both parties equally because both parties are the same. Tell me about the dem party pushing back against private prisons. Give me one example of them pushing legislature to stop private prisons. Now let me know when you are done reviewing the evidence of Obamas corruption that I provided using just the incidences I can remember off the top of my head. Bc your balls were so big just 1 comment ago I would like you to address each of these instances of Obamas corruption bc you will have one hell of a time justifying this stuff.

          • Big Ed

            The Obama corruption comment, is a fake. the NSA, with the HOMELAND SECURITY started under bush. The domestic spying program, requires you to think, not just follow, some idiot wrong-wingers, opinion. the Reuters program discussed the DEA-investigating, drug-trafficking, not terrorist activity. The database, on suspected terror suspects, only take down the number. The wrong-wing fools, say they are taking phone-content, and taping calls, which is a lie. The IFC-spoof on domestic-drones, was just that, a spoof. He never disputed drones, after the countries enemies, in the mid-east. There is none here, except in the Arizona border, after drug trafficking. Your treating this you-tube guys opinion, as though they are facts. What other corruption-acts, do you need clarified, I’m here to help. And I’ll repeat, only a bigot, will think, both parties, are equally corrupt, and refuse to see, WE HAD NO-PROBLEM, until bush tried to crash the country, which robMe was trying to do.

          • qualityrkc

            OH boy.You didnt even try to refute the articles with facts. I can see you have completely entrenched yourself in this partisan mentality. You need to do research on PRISM and Xkeyscore. They without a doubt are storing and searching content. But judging by And “I’ll repeat, only a bigot, will think, both parties, are equally corrupt” comment I am geussing you are just here to troll. Get a life dude.

          • Big Ed

            My life is research for my book on you, paid-off plants. Being paid-to-lie, per comment from karlrove & co. You guys try to defend the repubs, at all costs, with lies and distortions. son, you’ve been exposed, and the truth about you repubs, will be published.

          • qualityrkc

            Im a liberal you dumby! You are destroying liberalism with your neocon policies of spying on everyone!

          • Big Ed

            When you bring up a conservative source, which has been known to lie, then it seems you are lying too, when you say you’re a dumby-liberal. The thing is, you folks, aren’t intelligent enough to know, we can tell who you are, by the lies you tell, and who you defend, and how, dumby.

          • qualityrkc

            Go see someone man. You seem obsessed with partisan politics to the point of paranoia. You are so caught up you can’t even imagine someone being completely independant form both parties. good luck

          • Big Ed

            You say you]re not partisan, but you repeat and embrace every repub lie, and quote repub-talking points, as if they were true. Each lie, has been proven, over & over. Only conservative, re-tell the same lie, as if it was new evidence.

          • qualityrkc

            Can you name the repub talking point I used?

          • Big Ed

            Every point you said, was a republiCANT talking point, Each of them lies, to support the failed republiCANT agenda. I’m not a faux-educated nitwit, who believes gullible lies, without research to back that up. You started when you said that judge, was a democrat. A democrat, using repub tactics. Neocons, are conservatives, fool. They are always repubs. They sound, and repeat the same things YOU-SAY!And when you’re busted, try to play innocent, and lie, trying to change the subject.

          • qualityrkc

            So you can’t name one? Got it

          • Big Ed

            I can see, you’re a-little slow, everything you said, was a failed, repub-talking point. The whole repub-party line, was a LIE. Everything you said, was a lie, ALL OF IT! And if you think I’m incorrect, prove-it. All that I’ve proven to you, you still don’t understand. Unless karl is paying you to lie, for nickles, then I’ll understand.

          • qualityrkc

            Funny because in reality everything you have said is a failed repub talking point from beginning to end. Every word that comes out of your mouth has been used by repubs. If you dont believe me then prove me wrong! 2 can play at that game troll.

          • Big Ed

            I told you what you lied about, and you ignored the fact. That tells me, you’re one of those paid-liars from luntz. You got your 15-cents, but as a low-life, you also exposed yourself to everyone, that the facts don’t mean anything to you, just the paid-off, nickle, for your lies. No more nickles, for you, troll.

          • qualityrkc

            You never told me what I lied about. You just started trolling me because…well because Obama! What lie did I tell?

          • qualityrkc

            Telling me to pay attention does not provide examples. I dont listen to the radio or watch tv. Keep trying your partisan stuff on me bc it wont work. Judging by your allegiance to Obama I can discern your position on nearly every single policy. I dont have a party therefore I am a mystery to people like you so please feel free to make youurself look like a partisan child.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=599953724 Dianne Transitionyte Dixon

    Something tells me that he and his partner are the only ones who got caught. 3 month in JAIL for a MySpace page? That’s crazy and those kids probably have that on their records.

  • sharongibson

    No matter what the race of the children were, the problem is privatization of the nation’s prisons and this judge’s twisted decision to make money off them by channeling them into his buddies’ for-profit cells.

  • Richard G. Shuster

    It is despicable what this Judge (actually more than one) did in collusion with privatized and public corrections to enhance the bottom line for all involved, except for those in prison or jail systems. This case has one shortfall, and that is not a stiff enough penalty for all involved. What the perpetrators did was despicable, to say the least.

    This case looks very much like corruption, greed, and lawlessness; but I don’t see this as a racial issue. The only obviously visible case for race at all appears to be the statistical % of blacks incarcerated in the corrections system. All were arrested for crimes, all stood trial, all were sentenced, not because they were black, but because they committed crimes.
    Too much is being placed in an unearned racial perspective and as a result, racial strife is growing more today than in my entire lifetime of nearing 70 years.

  • Adam Evenson

    28 years? Boy, I’ll bet his ‘onna would have never thunk it when he was consigning all those kids to a kind of living hell. I’ll bet he’s had a few nightmares about getting his own 28 years. But I see just about all judges in the same lens. Judges are as crooked as any of the people they send to the pokey. Yes, there may be several that don’t fit the bill. But the rule is that power corrupts.

  • yrrab

    The profit motive is better kept out of some things. This man is going to prison at the wrong time of life and serve him jolly well right.

  • CAliQueen

    This all can very well be true, hell in most cases it is true but in this case the headline is misleading! I read the article and found no mention of what race any of these juveniles. If the headline was true then where are the statistics of the number of black kids he sent to jail for profit. This is nothing more than race baiting at it’s best! Show me proof before I take a stand.

  • Taree Johnson

    I love how quickly someone had to turn this into a racial issue. This was happening in the Northern/Northestern Parts of Pennsylvania, and while there may have been some minority cases involved, a large portion of the cases involved white juveniles. I would suggest that before some of you start playing the race card, do some research!

    • coment8r

      deflect all you like, the general racially lopsided ‘justice’ system is a matter of DOJ record, and acknowledged by SCOTUS.

  • stoptheworld

    ugh. sickening.

  • Cean

    I did some research on this and he didn’t discriminate on what color kids he sent away because it was all profit for him. Whoever wrote this article is trying to keep the racial tension between blacks and whites thick as if we need to do that. And most of you on here need to start digging before you jump and believe everything you see pop up on the internet.

  • Betty Eyer

    So glad this man is going to jail, probably for the rest of his life.

  • Hopeful

    He did not get enough time….should have had a year for each one of those 4000 convictions…That would’ve been justice…and not JUST-US.

  • TribeCalledGuest

    Don’t you all know by now? Every single person affected has to be black in order for anyone to consider that race may have been an issue. One or a few white people were harmed too? Can’t be racist!

    I’m not sure if it is or isn’t in this case but without the facts I don’t dismiss it either ESPECIALLY give other stats that support the fact that black people are discriminated against in pretty much every aspect of the legal system.

  • Lynne Mayers

    That’s a fucked up thing to do and he must not have a bit of remorse or compassion he sent these kids to jail over petty shit and his pockets get bigger in the process while 4,000 families had to deal with it and not to mention he doesn’t even have a clue what those kids and their families were going through at home damn shame ugh another story on here got me vexed im done im fucking done

  • cinorjer

    I notice the company making huge profits from locking up children is still going strong and still doing business with PA. One of the co-owners took the fall and was charged with felonies, but signed over his share to his partner who continues to rake in the money. Oh, and according to Wikipedia, this current juvenile prison owner’s brother is a DA! Apparently nobody cares about that particular conflict of interest.

  • Richard Allen

    He was a judge in Luzerne County, PA which is 90% white and 3% black as of the most recent census while it was 96% white and 1.5% black in 2000. Using the most recent census there are 320k people in Luzerne meaning that there are 11k black people, of all ages, residing in Luzerne. He would have had to sent almost 40% of the black people, let alone kids, in the county to jail for this to be accurate. All that you did with this headline was add black in the title to sensationalize it and make it a race issue while providing no proof. If this was true the resident faux-racial incident ambulance chaser Al Sharpton and race-baiter-in-chief Obama would have been all over this.

    • Richard Allen

      Also, 21% of the county is below 18 years old meaning there are about 2300 black “children” total in the whole county using current data and there were around 1k using the 2000 data. (These numbers are an estimate)

  • WW

    Horrible RACE HATE article !!!! I have read at least 20 other articles from a dozen different news agencies and RACE was NOT !!! an issue in this case. Do research before you believe anything this reporter or sight says !! They are promoting lies !!

  • thawk9

    that’s messed up and he’s not going to be able to repay the time these youths lost.

  • Brandon

    Keep this man in Jail!

  • Samuel B Wilson

    I hope that he’s raped everyday cause that what he did was rape those kids. And when they are done with him he needs depends two packs a day!

  • Keifus

    Put his ass on Lock up and lets see how he becomes someone Bitch, That’s a damn shame, almost as bad at the movie”Sharktopus?

  • Give me a break

    The children were not all black so in fact this article is only meant to increase then tension between the races. Why can’t this just be about an asshole sentencing kids to boot camps and juvenile centers for some stupid crimes. Granted some of these kids were there for good reason but the punishment was too severe for some.

    • Guest

      No. If you read more about this, it is obvious that he was specifically targeting black youth. I’ve been reading about this SOB for years. I’m glad that someone finally investigated this and took him to the mat.

  • Damien Johnson

    Shit shady but those are some of the things we have to deal with

  • John Zaffino

    Effing creep! How many lives did he and his ‘Colleague’ ruin? How many children were started down the wrong path by a good, firm shove from these two judges? It’s just so damned disgusting and sad.

  • John Vaughn

    This is only the part of the iceberg below the surface, and this judge is just a sacrificial lamb, no where near the tip. I started harassing the PA Judiciary two years ago in regard to this and if I helped put this miscreant behind bars, I am overjoyed.

    UpSouth is bad enough for this practice, but below the Mason/Dixon line is even worse. As bad as some kids may be, they don’t deserve this kind of treatment going without notice.

    This racketeering USSC will vacate the sentence.

  • Jared Abdullah Garrison

    funny how the grandchildren of the same ppl who used to burn crosses in my grandfathers yards act like it was never a racial thing. like nigger didnt come from them and like they were hanging and taring and feathering white ppl equally or at a fair rate. they hate being called what they are, racists. they cant even admit that the numbers are too slanted to make a fair representation. its easy to say black ppl are criminals when you free all white ppl in question and convict most blacks. you are not smart you are just evil and cowardice.

    • http://obbop.wordpress.com/ obbop

      Assuredly you have devoted time and effort to obtain facts, data and statistics to support your opinion.

      No way you are merely spewing implanted knee-jerk rhetoric, right?

  • NORMAN

    NO NO NO GREEN IS NOT THE ONLY COLOR HE SAW HE “BLACK” TO GET GREEN HE DIDN’T SEND LITTLE WHITE BOYS TO JAIL HE SENT LITTLE “”BLACK”" BOY’S TO JAIL SO I’M PRETTY SURE HE SAW BLACK TO SEE AND GET SOME GREEN BUT THEY SHOULD GET ALL THAT’S INVOLVED BUT THIS KINDA STUFF HAS BEEN HAPPENING AND STILL IS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO US

  • north

    i don’t see anything other than the title of this article saying he specifically picked out black children to go to jail. He probably did it to Asians, Mexicans and Whites too! The guy is a total ass hole and deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars. The system is totally fucked to think that guys like this hold the lives of others in the palm of their greedy hands.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1327441909 Bruno Lacroix

    What a scum bag!

  • Alex Masters

    I’m sure his new husband Tyrone is waiting for him in prison. Bend over your honor.

  • Steve_I_Am

    What about the Corporation – PA Child Care – which paid the Judges $2.6 million to keep its beds filled? What should be done to it, and to the executives that run it?

    I say – give it the “corporate Death Penalty.” – Revoke its corporate charter. Throw its CEO, and other high level execs in prison (right along side the judges), and sell off all of the Corporate assets to make restitution to the 4000 kids who were sold into slavery!

    Finally OUTLAW all for-profit private prisons. There is NO PLACE for the “profit motive” in the criminal JUSTICE system.

  • Richard Lord

    How is it that all those prosecutors and defense attorneys allowed this to go on for years. What kind of sick monster prosecutes a child for making fun of her principle. Scum right down the line. Every lawyer in pa should be disbarred. In my opinion.

  • Dr. Sardonicus

    There’s not enough info in this item for my liking. WHERE will he be imprisoned? What is the name of the Prison? With whom will he be imprisoned?? The ‘general population’? “28 years”?! REALLY? I don’t buy it, folks. This guy and his ‘pal’ pocketed 2.6 Mil. (I’m guessing the actual figure was higher), and he gets ONLY a 1 Mil. “fine”?? That’s not restitution, friends! Seizing ALLof his assets and paying as many families as possible wronged…now THAT would be *Restitution.

    Call me a cynic if you will…but I’d rather be called that than a gullible imbecile. The system looks out for their own, even when their own are scumbag pricks.

  • joe ball em all

    when will the people wake up to “they” ….”the heirachry enslaving you” and of course “them” the heirarchy enslaving minds……..the whole so-called judical system is corupt from the ground up……..look at off the bonds generated for each charge and arrest………the standard forms 24, 25, and 25A………which are then packeged together and shipped to Chicago where they are then underwritten by the CBOT and then sent to Wall street and sold as future contracts………when ..or when……will the american people wake up………all of the have financial stake in the cases assigned to them because of the funds funneled off into their pension accounts and held by the state retirement systems……like in california where the CALPERS has 29% of their funds invested in Mortgage Backed Securities………wake up folks…….quit being preoccupied with matteres of little or no concern……… look up the Court Registry investment services…where they invest the funds generated as a result of the bonds being issued…….

  • DatBus

    The result of privatization – Big Business running a prison system. And
    it’s happening all over the country. But Rolling Out needs to get it right – He targeted offenders
    who had smalltime charges, not “black children”. Stop the race-baiting, inflammatory headlines – the truth is bad enough.

    • cleo

      I agree… a lot of these kids just happened to be black, but many were white too.

      This guy and his buddies were just a-holes.

  • ceedan

    Prison justice won’t be kind to this man

  • DatBus

    After 4 weeks of Trayvon Martin race-baiting in the media and now this
    inflammatory headline that specifically lies about targeting “black
    children,” I have become convinced that the most racist people in the
    United States today are Black people. It is astounding how easily and
    readily the news media is pandering to false accusations of racism
    without a shred of evidence, and how riled-up everyone gets anyways –
    Angry, hostile, irrational and willing to make false accusations of
    anyone “white”! You don’t have to read very far in this article to realize the only “color” this guy saw was was green. That it affects the Black community at disproportionate numbers is something the Black community needs to address by confronting the culture of crime that’s been handed down from generation to generation.

    • cleo

      Well..

      Agree with the sentiment…

      but there is no such thing as the “most racist” people. It’s kind of like being the “most pregnant” girl.

      • Eric_D_Read

        Sure there is. You mean to say you don’t see a difference between someone who believes that all humans not of their race are animals that need to be kept in chains or destroyed, and someone who prefers to surround themselves with other people who look like them?

        Both would be considered racist in today’s discourse, but I’d say there a pretty big difference between the two.

    • Drew Galleni

      This case is YEARS old, and you’re right it is NOT about race: it is about CORPORATE PRISON GREED. I’ve followed this story for years – NEVER has race been mentioned as an issue before. This headline is bad reporting. It only distracts from the corporate criminals who – I must mention – have not gotten jail time yet.

  • Ian

    The headline is misleading. Nowhere in the article does it say that Ciavarella made $2MM sending black kids to jail. Rather, it says that he and another judge together received $2.6MM and no mention of race was made at all.

  • Jexie

    And what is the punishment for the prison ‘corporations’ that were paying these men money to imprison the kids?

  • Drew Galleni

    I have myself repeatedly and regularly visited Luzerne County in PA (where this man sat his judgeship) since 2006. I’ve known about this case for a long time. His actions are deplorable. But I want to point out that this headline is INCREDIBLY deceptive and confuses the issue to be about race. The REAL issue behind this headline is the privatization of the prison system that took place, and the incredible corruption that took place in the County. What needs to be looked here is the corporate crime: have NONE of the private prison officials who bribed this judge been sent to prison? / This is the FIRST time I have ever seen race raised as an issue in this case. I don’t doubt that Ciavarelli may have disproportionately sent Black youth into detention. However, up until the 2000 census, Luzerne Co was one of the WHITEST places in the country. The county population was 97% Caucasian of non-Hispanic decent (currently, it is 91%): there were virtually NO people of color in the county to speak of! Want to know how White this place is? Here’s a clue: when folks talk about race in Wilkes-Barre they talk about the Polish, the Italians, the Irish or the Slovaks. The county has 300k people, and only 3-9% are people of color (predominantly Hispanic). Ciavarelli would have been incarcerating EVERY black kid in the county to make up for the numbers he sentenced.

  • tape

    “Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, 63, serves as an example of why the private prison industry can do more harm than good.”

    interesting use of the word “can”, suggesting that there could be a possibility for privatized prisons to do more good than harm.

  • Dick Sizemore

    buh bye.

  • ZRedband

    Consider for a moment a slightly different prospective:
    Surly not all of these convictions were unjust, but now all of the convictions will be overturned.
    His actions not only affected the accused but the victims as well: They will not see justice done.
    His actions, and the actions of people like him discredit a vital civic institution.
    And what of those that did the bribing? They need a taste of their own hospitality.
    Injustice to any: Is injustice to all.
    We are all in this together.

  • Brian M

    note to Amir Shaw: this is not about race. a white kid killed himself because of the judge and his mom is the one who brought attention to the case by yelling at the corrupt judge in public on video.

  • Eric_D_Read

    What’s with the racist headline? These scumbags did the same thing to white kids too.

  • Chris Jones

    They send cops, judges, politicians, celebrities, and executives to special cushy prisons because they would be eaten alive their first day in general population. This guy probably will have a good time in prison, unfortunately.

  • pejose

    he is not the only one out there

  • Bob dobbs

    Form the wiki:
    “In 1995 he ran for judge in Luzerne County on the Democratic ticket and was elected to a ten year term. He was re-elected to a second ten year term in 2005. “

  • fff6

    rot in hell, pos.

  • MDM56

    Nice headline, but incendiary and inaccurate.

  • Zeek

    The children of that county are much safer now that he’s in jail. The headline is misleading though; the county is over 90% white and less than 4% Black,even if we assume that the judge is prejudiced it’s still most likely that the majorityof kids he sent away were white. You can find those stats on wikipedia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luzerne_County,_Pennsylvania

    I looked around on Google and Yahoo to find some racial stats on the kids he sent up but could find nothing. If someone has those stats please post a link or give a source.

  • ロジャース川奈

    Sentenced to 28 years huh?… Good let him rot.

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  • FactCheck

    Luzerne County, where he presided, is 91% white and 3.5% black.

  • Josh

    So he got $2.6 million and paid back $1 million. The numbers don’t seem to add up.

  • deadbird17

    The kids he sent to jail were all races. The kid who killed himself after conviction was a white kid. While this guy deserves to rot in hell, the article is a bit misleading.

  • jimmyt

    Need to see more of these treacherous judges, prosecutors , and police locked up.

  • Alan Magid

    Two in the head is more fitting than 28 in the can.

  • rqignw

    I hope this cockroach gets brutally abused and tortured every single day in prison.

  • truth007

    My son was sentenced by this guy for a threatening comment he made in a high school classroom to ninety days in the mentioned juvenile detention center. I need to say this. I hate this jerk and especially the fact that he keeps denying and appealing his actions. Also, I think there is some very disheartening propaganda in this article. In the five years we have been dealing with this case not once have I heard it associated with race. In fact, I do not recall one case of a black child being sentenced. Im sure there were, but in countless days in court, lawyers offices, and TV coverage in the area he procided I never once hward this associated to race until now. I know racism exists but do not fuel it uneccesarily. It does to much harm.

    • princessthunderkitty

      I followed this case when it was first in the news, race was mentioned in nearly every article about it.

      • Plantsmantx

        I don’t remember race being mentioned at the time, and every kid I saw interviewed was white. On top of that, the population of that county is only 3.4% black. Most of the kids he railroaded were white. That’s why he got such a stiff sentence.

        • princessthunderkitty

          You are right. I am getting this confused with the case in Meridian, Ms. This is happening there also. There is an article in Time magazine about it.

          • Plantsmantx

            Yes, where black kids were sent to jail for “infractions” as frivolous as wearing the “wrong” socks to school.

  • wesvvv

    The prison owners should have to pay for these kids’ rehab back to normal life. But they won’t. As usual, society pays while a few rake in millions.

  • http://www.woogieworld.org bwohlgemuth

    It doesn’t take a private prison system to have this sort of shenanigans. There are thousands of country/city/state judges that throw people into jail for minor offenses, simply to keep the money rolling into the system.

  • AyexeM

    The title of this article is misleading and inflammatory. This judge sent many more white children to jail than all other races combined! Well done rollingout, fanning the flames of racial tension for your own personal gain! What a noble journalistic organization you have!

  • steve

    Title is misleading he convicted teenagers indiscriminately. Money has no color barrier or bias. Watch the youtube video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=QCExlbGTX_M&t=58

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/us/30judges.html?ref=markaciavarella

  • MacedBear

    Why not give him life in prison and make an example out of him?

  • garylm

    When you realize the prison system in this country is run by publicly traded companies, which by its nature requires return on investment and increased profits, FOREVER… Not even worth mentioning is it? This country is fxcked.

  • Carl LaFong

    What charges have been filed against those individuals and organizations which paid the bribes?

  • Guest2

    I wonder how he will get treated in the crowbar hotel?….

  • greg

    guaranteed most of those kids were poor blacks, poor whites, and poor hispanics. People with money and connections would’ve gotten this judge out sooner if it were their kids doing time for minor shit.

  • Torrin McBynum

    The title is done this way on purpose. Knowing this site attracts mostly black people sensationalism is used. Also there is an unusually coordinated effort to stoke racial tension in this country right now. Pay attention everyone!!! A lot of uncalled for racism is coming to light by means of social media. Rest assure, this man didn’t care what color anybody was..only that the money is green and poor people cant afford good lawyers.

  • mikeb666

    What about the private prison owners. What about those scumbags!

  • Josh

    There isn’t one piece of evidencein the actual article to suggest this judge discriminated against black people. The title could have said white children and it would’ve meant the same thing. If it would have said only black children, then we have a different issue. Maybe if you people weren’t so worried about making this somehow related to yourself, we would be able to come up with a more sound solution. Ignorance is bliss people!

  • http://www.facebook.com/coding.monkey Justin Holmes

    If this fucker doesn’t do lots of jail time, I hope someone assassinates him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Rhodes/576994322 Kevin Rhodes

    I realize it’s procedure, but it takes some huge balls for this guy to appeal the decision. I say let the scumbag out and allow the parents to mete out some justice. I’ll bet among all the lives he destroyed there is at least one dad, or one kid who is now grown who would love a shot at this piece of trash.

  • http://cad.cx Colin Dean

    The convictions may be overturned, but no one can ever return the weeks, months, or years of youth this man stole from his victims.

    Put him in solitary for 28 years and blast Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, and Spice Girls in his cell the whole time.

  • RG

    The prisons may have been private but the justice system is the same for all. The problem is not the private prison, but the justice system that allowed these imprisonments.

    • elfinito

      But a private prison makes “prisoners” = “profitable good”.

      Once you make somethign a profitable Good — money will interfere, period.

      The morals of captialism work well in some areas — but never when me make People a profitable good to be traded.

      • RG

        But the laws don’t change. It should not be an applicable law to jail somebody for 3 months for a Facebook page.

  • marcosebastian

    This is terrible reporting. What about the facilities? What happened with them? Because they are just as culpable as him.

  • asdf

    This must have been the basis for that episode of The Good Wife…

  • excellence

    good, one down and many more to go. 28yrs is a death sentence for a 63 yr old. This old fool will get to watch life and society pass him by right when things are getting good. Let this be a lesson to the rest, the truth prevails in the end.

  • Farty Fartsalot

    What a piece of shit.

  • bicyclist11

    What becomes of those teens, now that their false incarceration has been exposed?

  • Hugh Beaumont

    Give me a rope and the nearest tree……

  • Eric

    Neither of these judges will be in gen-pop. They will spend all their time in administrative segregation. That is unless they are stupid enough to ask for Gen pop. But I would doubt that ever happening. They know they wouldn’t last a day.

  • jason

    Fuckin’ media, throw the race card to make it a better story!

    • jason

      And every1 falls for it so quickly!

      • bicyclist11

        There’s an edit feature. You don’t need to converse with yourself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Björn-Cullin/660575683 Björn Cullin

    Finally some good news

  • DrFilth

    He better serve every day of that 28 years.
    For-profit prisons not only take away jobs from law-abiding Americans, the for-profit prison system is a mockery of American justice.

  • Erin

    It says nothing about the children being black. So who’s the racist here? You’re assuming, because they went to jail, they must have been black? That sounds pretty bad to me…

    • Erin

      And if there IS evidence of him targeting african americans, then the person who posted this article did an injustice by not providing all the info.

    • bobby

      er…. reread the headline.

      • enblargo

        Except that the headline is trying to sell a narrative that just isn’t true. Take a moment to google this, the only “black kids” headline that is found is from this article right here. It’s pure race baiting.

  • jeffdhusker

    Love how all you lemmings turn this into a racial thing. WHat were the statistics as far as race goes? How many victims were white, latino or Asian? Don’t be concerned with the facts when you have an opening to play the race card and continue the race baiting.

  • Elizabeth Williams

    You reap what you sow Mr. judge.

  • Steve

    What happened to PA Child Care, which paid the bribes? Was the organization charged with anything?

  • Jai Dee

    Is this piece of trash out on bail while his appeal is going on?

  • Smee again

    Rot in there scumbag!

  • Smee again

    I hope he gets passed around to all the perverts as their favorite girlfriend!

  • disqus_JILsDGlsmS

    Those darkies had it coming. If they hadn’t committed a crime they would not have been locked up. I applaud him

  • Iam You

    Shouldnt the prison contractors who bribed them also be brought up on charges?

  • Carol

    I hope his victims learn he is going to jail.

  • Monica Latorre

    And where is PA Child care’s reprocussions in all this?

  • Husang Dat Song Lee

    just one million? how about all of the money he made + more. THEN make him serve the time he sentenced these kids to jail times 7.

  • physics2010

    $1 million in restitution? He made 2.6x that much, and cost the taxpayers tens of millions more.

  • my2pennies

    Lightwalkers Know.

  • Richard_L_Kent

    Hellfire.

    That’s not an expletive. That’s an active wish that he receive it.

    Hellfire.

  • topnotch

    SCotUS will let him off.

  • Pamela Hyman

    makes you wonder huh?

  • John Henderson

    This news is literally two years old. He was sentenced in August 2011.

  • Diddle Day

    I would like to read the report on the investigation. It appears to be ‘missing’.

  • BaronV

    The guy steals peoples lives away for up to $2.6 million and is still allowed to keep $1.6 million of his ill gotten gains!

    What did his victims get as “restitution”?

  • veggiedude

    I googled this judge, and apparently he was doing this to all kids of all colours. He isn’t racist, he’s just plain sick. This article made up the header to gain clicks. That’s pathetic.

  • Bazza

    The upside of this story is that he has been found out, tried and convicted. The system works, sort of, eventually. Let’s hope the people who made the corrupt payments are also brought to justice.

  • Charles Elias VanPoppen

    If you’re going to say “for sending black children to jail” at least mention it in the article. I really doubt that they could even prove he was only giving extreme sentences to blacks. ack come on. be objective here.

  • Kobe Amick

    …but if he sent those same children to State prison, it would have been okay? The problem is not who owns the prison, it’s who we put on the bench.

    • Scott Belen

      wrong…. when prisons became FORPROFIT…. everything changed… it no longer became correctional or penal it became PROFITABLE…..

      • Kobe Amick

        Why is profit bad?

  • Jeff

    My Son Was a Victim of this Monster … he Did Not Send Kids To Jail Because of Race .. it was any Child That appeared Before his Bench … It did not Matter how Minor of an Offense it was These Kids where Given Jail Time Unjustified ….Some Where Transferred To other Facilities where things where almost HARD Time Jails … My Son Himself Was Brutily Beaten for just being in the wrong Place at the Right time …This Man Deserves Every Day He Rots In Jail … He Had No Regards for the Children or the Families ..

  • Abbi Orenstein

    great… out of 4,000 cases some of them might actually been guilty. bad judges like that put us all at risk.

    there needs to be special penalties for judges that break the law. I vote for public hangings but I’ll compromise to public floggings.

  • wiimanclassic

    You know chances are he’s going to die in there from old age.

  • jaylemeux

    See you on the flip side! :)

  • Rina VanKleef

    Good! Throw away the key.

  • Guest

    2 years for using the justice system to ENSLAVE possibly thousands of children…. THIS IS NOT JUSTICE…….

    • shinitaru

      plus he gets to keep over half of the money that he was paid to do it. They should have taken everything from this man. Make sure that he would WANT to go to prison because he would have no where else to go. Make an example of him so that other judges would know risks that come with betraying their oaths

  • Scott Belen

    . when prisons became FORPROFIT…. everything changed… it no longer became correctional or penal it became PROFITABLE..

    • Big Ed

      The for-profit is the key. I worked for a large utility, and purchased items, made in the correctional system, called, Corr-craft.everything from furniture, electronics assembly, and more. The key is, the slave labor-wages. That’s why your for-profit comment is the key. Good call.

  • Btramms

    What’s worse? He’s only one of what probably will amount to hundreds or thousands of judges who are doing, or have done the same thing to stay in the good graces,…and campaign contributions, of a for-profit prison industry.

  • r1ch

    In fairness, not that he deserves it, the title is a little misleading. I live in the county where this took place. I can’t recall if there were any black kids jailed but I know there were plenty of white kids sent away by these two. Not that it makes a difference. I just don’t want it to appear to be more than it already is.

  • Izumi Shikibu

    What I want to know is this: what prison is he doing his time in? Is it a Bernie Madoff, country club “prison” in name only? Where his hardest labor is hauling his own golf clubs? He’s certainly not in any maximum security prison, probably not even a medium security. Hel’ll still whine about it, but I’m not sure that’s true justice compared to what he did to all those kids. But I guess it’s better than nothing.

  • Brian

    Do NOT be mislead. They ONLY got busted for doing this to White kids as well. They did it to everyone but when WHite folks found out they weren’t immune these judges got busted. If it was only Black kids they’d be slapped on the wrist, fined and sent to Florida to retire. This article title is misleading.

  • John Galt

    Simple solution. Balance the scale, total up all the time he sentenced his victims to and the accumulated total is what he serves. That’s Justice, anything else is not Justice.

  • Paul E. Morfik

    Equal on paper, but not in mindset, and certainly not in practice.

  • Kiyorie

    My brother was part of this scandal. STOP SAYING WE DON’T SEE BLACK AS EQUAL! My brother is white and was away for 3 1/2 years for committing a minor trespassing offence. This was NOT a race scandal. It was just any child committing any crime. My brother wasn’t in the court for more then a minute before Ciavarella decided his fate. And he was as white.

  • Snax

    Why do they talk about black in the title but not in the article?

  • dang

    son of a bitch

  • http://www.dpsinfo.com LaurieMann

    This was such an incredibly repulsive case that made me really disgusted to live in Pennsylvania. I’m glad at least he’s gone to jail. I think there must be more people who helped administer this system and I hope they go to jail too.

  • Dianna Soloman

    CPS/DSS/JUDGES CORRUPTION KIDJACKING DRUGGING DISABLED THROWAWAYKIDS DO GROW UP………..PIPELINE TO PRISON…….POOR KIDS WILL GROW UP AND AND KARMA SUCKS OLBOY

  • Ms.Pam

    Can’t trust a bunny!

  • Chris Aviles

    You know inmates don’t take kindly to child endangerment either so he’s screwed literally

  • http://drunkencraft.org/ Last

    This must be a liberal page. Black children.. only in the article’s title. Im sure this judge was unbiased, sending anyone, everyone off to jail for that money.

  • J. Conrad Guest

    This is what’s wrong with capitalism: it corrupts the greedy.

  • MatthewCooke

    What happened to the owners of the private juvenile facilities???

  • chisq

    This is justice…

  • atthewall

    If the Supreme Court finds some basis for overturning this they should be drawn and quartered and the “rule of law” wrapped in a tidy ribbon, weighted down with rocks and tossed into the deep blue sea.

  • Figures

    Soap on a rope?! WTF?! He better get some of that chicken fat on his lips so he can suck and suck and suck and suck. Oh yeah, and some aspirin. His butt’s gonna b a mess.

  • Pay back

    #mybutthangslow

  • Firefly

    I sincerely want to spit on this man.

  • Norman9

    We think that his sentence is enough is manure! We should obtain what he has gained and more.

  • appman

    He deserves a medal. Stopped a lot of gang banging savages!

  • Yamajasti

    And the Supreme Court says what??????

  • IAL

    YES! BEHOLD YOUR SINS WILL FIND AWAY TO SHOW YOUR BEHAVIOUR GOOD OR BAD. AMEN!

  • Big Ed

    I’ve had I’ve had some of the most unintelligent paid-plants try to goad a discussion today so they could make a nickle-a-post from me and you. Not only when they lie and quote ignorant comments from faux or rush, no research and no thinking in their quotes, makes me want to insult them like they try to insult us. But I won’t, especially when they are unarmed in the thinking dept. I haven’t had one conservative posting today who wasn’t one of the karlrove, or frankluntz, paid-off plants group. They are so transparent and uninformed and have NO-IDEA about how we can tell who they are, and they have NO-CLUE as to the truth. Just like robMe never told the truth, these plants, have NO-CHANCE in understanding politics, economics, or the facts. Declare your low-life activities, or be exposed, and then, STOP begging for nickles!!!

  • Humberto Mérida

    And what punishment did PA Child Care get? I hope they shut them down. Prison industrial complex is alive and well.

  • Nadar Starr

    I respect with everyone has to say white and black but this message goes on to my people the most talented strongest fastest human beings on earth the chosen people of God….don’t let these Edomoites Caucadites Get under your skin ..lol..they are the sodomites of the world you shouldn’t be surprised by the evil things sick sadistic things that they do and continue to do because they fear you so much of course they going to do whatever it takes to keep you incarcerated..listen to the knowledge I’m about to give you black men are the dominant human beings on earth are chromosomes and stem cells are the most dominant genes on this planet so any woman of any race that a black man mates with ..the child spirit not just color skin will be black and the white man’s race will be blood it out as it is doing today so in order for them to survive as a race ..of course the going to do whatever it takes so what you need to understand your enemy..a black man in black woman can create an albino child whiter than the whites man on earth..they’re the only teen on earth that dies from the Sun I catch cancer when everything else on earth survives and grow from the Sun..this is just one of the many things that knowledge can give you so you know how to defeat your enemy because I’m on a level where I’m ready to start Killing ..lol..forget a prison sentence that Judge deserves death….white man by all the bullets and guns you can it will help you from the greatest people that ever livedI am a Hebrew Israelites the original Jews of the Bible and the white man is a Jewish Ashkenazi..revelations chapter 2 verse 9 and chapter 3 verse 9you are not an african-american or a gentile get your mind right..if you want more knowledge hit me up on my facebook: Nadar Amath

  • Sabido Robles

    Build thousands of private prisons so they can lock up millions of ni99ers! Keep the apes in for 20-30 years!

    • Mike Murdoch

      What a tool you are, do you know the kids he sent to prison were mostly white! You just proved how stupid racist people are. Good job dummy.

  • disqus_cN1MY6g5YO

    He will get his justice where he is going . . . again, and again, and again.

  • Jonathan Shupe

    Uhm he sent white kids to jail too!

  • Big Ed

    Johnathan, you seem a bit slow. This judge was a republicant, and he sent ppl to prison, because it made a profit. That was the point. And most of those kids, without proper legal representation, were minorities. And none of them, committed a prison-worthy offense. Stop trying to defend the failing-repub policies.