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.


Hillary Transue and Laurene Transue


Jen Poyant

Comments [1]


it amaze me the shock we claim. America has a large history of throwing blacks in jail for hire out labor. big time kick back. now we are shocked

Feb. 16 2009 01:28 PM

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