Laurene Transue

Mother of Hillary Transue, Luzerne County, PA resident

Laurene Transue appears in the following:

Update: Pennsylvania's Juvenile Detention Center Case

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Takeaway follows up on a story the show covered in February: the tale of hundreds of children and teenagers sentenced to juvenile detention centers in Pennsylvania. Local judges were participating in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme for sending teens to privately run youth detention centers. One of those children is 17-year-old Hillary Transue. Her mother Laurene Transue joined The Takeaway in February and is on the show again to talk about the latest events in the case.

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Kickbacks for kids: The view from the inside of the legal scandal

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hundreds of children and teenagers were sentenced to juvenile detention centers by Judge Mark Ciavarella since 2003. That was when he and another judge began participating in a multimillion dollar kickback scheme for sending teens to privately run youth detention centers. One of those children is 17-year old Hillary Transue. She and her mother Laurene join The Takeaway to talk about what it was like to get caught up in the scheme.

For some background on this story, listen to our segment with New York Times writer Ian Urbina. For additional details on this story, read Ian Urbina's and Sean Hamill's article, Judges Plead Guilty in Scheme to Jail Youths for Profit, in the New York Times.

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