In July, Opposing Views reported on the “Kids for Cash” juvenile detention center scandal taking place in Pennsylvania.
In the scandal, judges Mark Ciaverella and Michael Conahan were found to be accepting payments from privately owned juvenile detention centers and sentencing juveniles to harsh stays in the centers in exchange, effectively giving the juvenile centers business.
Judge Ciaverella was sentenced to 28 years in prison for his offenses, while Conahan was sentenced to 17 years. Both men are believed to have accepted over $1 million in bribes from the companies.
Today, it was reported that victims of the Kids for Cash have come to a $2.5 million settlement with the privately owned detention centers – PA Child Care, Western PA Child Care, and Mid-Atlantic Youth Services Corp.
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According to the terms of the settlement, all juveniles sent to one of the three facilities from 2003-2008 will be eligible to receive payment for damages.
The settlement has been agreed on by both parties, and awaits approval by US District Judge A. Richard Caputo.