The story seems pretty straight forward: a corrupt judge is paid money from private juvenile detention institutions to trump up charges against kids and send them to be locked up. But as a new documentary shows, the line between right and wrong isn’t always has clear as we’d like it to be.
Robert May’s new documentary, Kids for Cash, tells the story of Judge Mark Ciavarella, who began sentencing teenagers back in 2003 to juvenile detention centers for offenses as minor as trespassing in a an abandoned building, or poking fun at a principal with a fake MySpace profile.
As a result, over 3,000...
By Susie Madrak — February 27, 2014