Oh, FFS, this guy should have gotten life

Private for-profit prisons are a good thing: “Disgraced Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella Jr has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for conspiring with private prisons to sentence juvenile offenders to maximum sentences for bribes and kickbacks which totaled millions of dollars. He was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution.

Why did this slimeball not get life? He should have his thumbs pulled off and other nasty stuff. (And anyone who is willing to defend privatization, prepare to get dumped on bigtime.)

Well, he’ll effectively be in solitary for the entire time, so I doubt he ever gets out.

Before I get outraged, let me do the math. He was born in 1950, so he’s about 63 years old. Add 28 years to that and he’s 91. It’s possible that he’ll be spry when he gets out, but odds are against it. He’ll probably be released early when his health goes.

Must he be? :smiley:

He basically did get a life sentence.

Unfortunately, yes. :stuck_out_tongue:

As much as I’d like to see the slimebag in general population, he will be isolated and slowly go bonkers from the experience.

I would imagine he would get put in a minimum security prison primarily full of non-violent offenders and have to wait days to get on the tennis court. The risk to his person will probably not high enough to warrant solitary.

He’s been sent to the Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin, IL, a medium security joint that has a minimum security facility next door. If he’s sent any place, it’d probably be there. The PDF of the minimum security camp’s handbook mentions no tennis courts, but there is a softball field, basketball courts, table tennis tables, etc. Track him here if you’re desperate to know when/if he gets transferred.

Privatization of prisons is pretty much the epitome of evil.

When you’re advocating for the incarceration of teenagers in order to line your own pockets, that is more than just bad. This “man” is basically pure unadulterated scum, and so are the vile people who profit by deliberately throwing young lives onto the trash heap.

Having judges and prisons operate by for-profit market principles is a Libertarian wet dream.

Why do you hate the American ideals of freedom, For You ?

Shit like THIS is what should get the death penalty. I think China has got the right idea on this one. You pull some crime that’s a slap in the face to society as a whole and hurts a shitload of people, its up against the wall mister.

I hope all those kids have or are getting their sentences reviewed.

Since we won’t be putting him up against the wall, maybe not quite a life sentence is a good thing. He’ll get out as a really old man and probably die homeless under a bridge somewhere after a couple years.

The PA Supreme Court vacated every conviction handed down by Ciavarella and Mericle (the other juvenile judge who was in on the scheme) from January 1, 2003 onward, in 2009. Retrials were ordered in a few, and the rest were dismissed completely.

The class action suit against Ciavarella, Mericle and the prison operators was certified on May 14, so they’ll at least be getting some money.

Keep in mind that this crime only succeeded because the system was an authoritarian’s dream. The local government gave Ciavarella unreviewable authority to close the public prison and to create a juvenile justice system with no attorneys and no appeals. No libertarian is going to defend corrupt, unchecked governmental authority of this sort.

Well, yeah, but it seems like this sort of occurrence is a logical consequence of for-profit incarceration: sooner or later, some of them will start figuring out how to get more inmates.

Glad to hear the kids got some justice finally.

Certainly not for 28 years.

Yeah, you don’t get to keep your friends after something like this.

Not in this particular case but Libertarians frequently defend the circumstances that permit bad results to happen more frequently and then claim they do not want the bad results.

Why? Let the bastard die in prison and then plant his sorry carcass in the exercise yard. To hell with him.


Yes, unchecked corruption operates much more efficiently in the private sector.

What I want to know is, will his co-conspirators in the employ of the private prisons get prison time as well?

They damned well better. Their money was driving this; while the judge deserved what he got, he was basically a high-class errand boy for the prison corporations.