By Zach Schalk
February 25, 2011 1:09 PM
The juvenile justice world garnered front-page headlines last week. In a story that underscores just about everything that is wrong with our juvenile corrections system, former Pennsylvania judge Mark A. Ciavarela Jr. was convicted for his role in a $2.8 million dollar “cash for kids” scandal. He faces over 150 years in prison after a jury found Ciavarela guilty on 12 counts, including charges that he accepted money from a developer who built two private detention centers for kids in Pennsylvania—though he was not found guilty of accepting bribes to specifically deliver juveniles to the facilities. Michael T. Conahan, another former judge, already faces 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to racketeering charges in 2009 for his role in the affair.