Disgraced Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella Jr has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for conspiring with private prisons to sentence juvenile offenders to maximum sentences for bribes and kickbacks which totaled millions of dollars. He was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution.
In the private prison industry the more time an inmate spends in a facility, the more of a profit is reaped from the state. Ciavearella was a figurehead in a conspiracy in the state of Pennsylvania which saw thousands of young men and women unjustly punished and penalized in the name of corporate profit.
According to allgov.com Ciavearella's cases from 2003 - 2008 were reviewed by a special investigative panel and later by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and it was found that upwards of 5,000 young men and women were denied their constitutional rights, and therefore all of their convictions were dismissed and were summarily released.
That is disgraceful. Even a criminal is a person, so shouldn't be treated like this. There's only one thing to do, nationalise all the private prisons. It's the states job to bring justice and order to society anyway not some private company who only cares about profit
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28 years in prison? What a joke. He has severely impacted the life of thousands of young people, probably destroyed hundreds-thousands of families and only has to serve 28 years? He has a good chance of being dead before a release, but I still think a life sentence would have sent a stronger signal.