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Radio Smart Talk for Friday, November 9:
Fifteen-year-old Charlie spent months at a boot camp for juvenile offenders for riding a motorbike that his parents purchased as a gift, not knowing it was stolen. Fourteen-year-old Angelia was sent to a detention center for three months for writing "Michael Jackson for President" on five stop signs. Fourteen-year-old Hillary created a MySpace post mocking an assistant prinicipal at her high school and was sentenced to a camp.
If these punishments seem extreme, the judge who handed them down had good reason. Judge Mark Ciaverella received kickbacks to the tune of $2.8 million for sending juvenile offenders to a private detention center.
This incredible story all played out in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania without attorneys, prosecutors, probation officers or other court officials saying a word.
William Ecenbarger discusses what has been described as the worst scandal in juvenile justice history in his book, Kids for Cash -- Two Judges, Thousands of Children, and a $2.8 million Kickback Scheme. Ecenbarger will appear on Friday's Radio Smart Talk.
Kids for Cash -- Two Judges, Thousands of Children, and a $2.8 million Kickback Scheme is November's witf/Midtown Scholar Bookstore Pick-of-the-Month.
Ecenbarger will appear at Midtown Scholar Book Sunday, November 11 at 7 p.m. to discuss the book and the kids for cash case.
Listen to the program:
William Ecenbarger, author of "Kids for Cash -- Two Judges, Thousands of Children, and a $2.8 million Kickback Scheme", on Radio Smart Talk.
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