Friday, February 13, 2009

What a Couple of Dirtbags...

Can you believe this? Reading this story brought me right back to the frustrations of being a teenager.

Two Pennsylvania Judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan of the Court of Common Pleas in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, have admitted to accepting $2.6million in kickbacks for sentencing juveniles to jail time in privately owned detention facilities.
Marsha Levick, chief counsel for the Juvenile Law Center, estimated that of approximately 5,000 juveniles who came before Ciavarella from 2003 and 2006, between 1,000 and 2,000 received excessively harsh detention sentences. She said the center will sue the judges, PA Childcare and Western PA Childcare for financial compensation for their victims.
Thankfully, SSDP is launching a new effort to connect with high school students and help them build chapters at their schools. Be sure to check out the website for updates on this!