Pennsylvania judge sentenced to 28 years in prison for selling teens to prisons

Guilty and going to prison for 28 years

Guilty and going to prison for 28 years  Credits:

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 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.

During his sentencing Ciavarella was defiant, claiming he had broken no laws and claimed the money he received was a legitimate ‘finders fee.’  Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Zubrod said comments such as these were typical of Ciavarella, according to the local reporting of  He said:

I think that’s his way of doing things. Never retreat. Always go on the attack. Always blame somebody else. Always get them to back off.  He tried it with the judge. It didn’t work.


5 thoughts on “Pennsylvania judge sentenced to 28 years in prison for selling teens to prisons

  1. This just disgusts me. I’ve known for many years that our ‘correctional facilities’ only train inmates to be better criminals, but if this isn’t an all time low…here we have a judge, who should be helping these boys get back on the right track, and he’s probably more deserving to be in that prison then many of the inmates he sent away. Shame what ppl will do for money ( send people to prison when they don’t deserve it, sell children, steal children, take away someones fertility….bleh )


    1. Right, Gershom, Corruption like this is probably bigger than we realize – thinking of Georgia Tann especially!


  2. This is just fantastic news! I heard about the privatized youth prisons and the corruption in the US a couple years ago and was horrified, especially as a mother of a young man, who has found himself in minor trouble from time to time–if we had been living else where, this could have just as easily have been him; I think of all those young men and women and what they (and their families) must have went through and it is heartbreaking! The privatization of anything seems to breed so much corruption: prisons, healthcare, adoption agencies, you name it. Thank you for covering this story. I hope others will be receiving their due justice, as I am sure there is more to come.


    1. I agree Tera – I have a nephew who is incarcerated and he is in a corporation-owned prison – two meals a day only, no sunlight, stacked-up prisoners, just an atrocity. I wish we could prove he was sentenced too severely and get him out.


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