Kids for Cash

Corrupt ‘Kids for Cash’ judge ruined more than 2,000 lives

Hillary Transue, 14, created a fake, humorous Myspace page about her school’s vice principal. Justin Bodnar, 12, cursed at another student’s mother. Ed Kenzakoski, 17, did nothing at all. It didn’t matter. As we see in the documentary “Kids for Cash,” which opens Friday, all three Luzerne County, Pa.


A federal jury in Pennsylvania found former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. guilty for involvement in the infamous “kids-for-cash scheme,” in which he and another judge received kickbacks of up to $2.8 million for putting juveniles into detention centers owned by friends.

The jury returned 12 guilty verdicts of the 39 counts against former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella. Among those he was found guilty of include racketeering and racketeering conspiracy. Other guilty counts included mail fraud, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing false tax returns. The former Judge could face over 150 years in prison.


Sandy Fonzo, whose son was jailed by Ciavarella — and committed suicide last year at age 23 — screamed obscenities at the judge and even poked him as he and his attorneys held a news conference on the courthouse steps.

“My kid’s not here anymore!” yelled Fonzo. “He’s dead! Because of him! He ruined my … life! I’d like him to go to hell and rot there forever! You scumbag!”


Here’s the CNN Interview above


Kids for Cash
Rev. Sharpton takes on the new film “Kids for Cash” which chronicles how one judge locked up thousands of kids while getting kickbacks from private prisons Director Robert May, victim Hillary Transue and her mother Laurene Transue discuss.


Kids for Cash 20/20 Investigation

A 20/20 Segment on the Kids for Cash Scandal in 2009. Proving that Judges can sell out and take your freedom away without a trial or a fair hearing. Judges who violate their Oaths of Office and sell out the people they serve


KIDS FOR CASH Documentary