Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.
Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
"I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that’s not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress." .. (Senator Bernie Sanders)
"Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country - and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians." .. (Charles Krauthammer)
#ows - The trickle down economics isn’t just a “fraud”. It’s a corrupt pyramid scheme and the only ones who benefit the corrupt pyramid scheme are the rich and large corporations at our expense.
BUT, we shouldn’t forget that there are 2 other groups of people who benefit from the corrupt pyramid scheme:
Eventually, it’s going to trickle back to both groups from the rich and large corporations just to keep the pyramid scheme going as long as it takes. Which we can now consider the American economy as nothing more than corrupt pyramid scheme.