Ex-Pa. judge jailed in 'kids-for-cash' scheme sent to Atlanta

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 18, 2016 4:04 AM

FILE PHOTO: In this Feb. 12, 2009 file photo, former judge Mark Ciavarella, center, leaves the federal courthouse in Scranton. (AP Photo/David Kidwell, File)

(Wilkes-Barre) --  A former Luzerne County judge serving nearly three decades in prison for his role in a scandal that became known as "kids for cash'' has been transferred from a prison in South Carolina to one in Atlanta. 

Records show former Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. has been transferred to the United States Penitentiary Atlanta.

The medium-security prison has a minimum-security satellite camp and a detention center. 

Prosecutors have said Ciavarella ordered youths to detention for various relatively minor infractions to help fill beds at two for-profit juvenile detention centers.

In return, Ciavarella and a fellow judge allegedly accepted kickbacks. 

Ciavarella was convicted in February 2011.  

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