The sentence has been handed down. Former Pennsylvania juvenile court judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. has been sentenced to a prison term of 28 years (prosecutors had asked for a life sentence), and has also been ordered to pay $1.17 million in restitution. He was convicted of 12 of the 39 counts that had been put forth in the indictment.

Ciavarella was convicted in federal court for arranging and participating in a kickback scheme, dubbed "Kids for Cash," with the owner (and builder) of two privately run Pennsylvania juvenile detention facilities. Other parts of the deal described in the indictment were getting the county juvenile facility closed and sentencing youth (who did not have legal representation and were not advised of their right to an attorney) to the privately owned facility.

The other judge alleged to be involved was Michael Conahan, who pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering but has not yet been sentenced.


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"'Kids for cash' judge sentenced to 28 years for racketeering scheme" by Warren Richey