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Federal Judge Sentenced for Taking Kick-Backs from Private Prisons

Earlier this week we took a quick look at private prisons, and how the system can be vulnerable to exploitation due to incentives and money exchanging hands between the state and these private institutions. One instance of such abuse occurred in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 2008. Former Federal Court Judge Mark Ciavarella was convicted for taking kickbacks from a private prison for handing out harsh sentences to juveniles for petty crime. He took approximately $1 million in kickbacks and was convicted of 39 felonies. Ciavarella served as a judge in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas. Robert Mericle had built two private juvenile prison facilities in Pennsylvania and had government contracts, with incentives based on number or prisoners and occupancy rates of the facilities. Ciavarella sentenced thousands of youths to prison sentences. Horror stories include first-time possession of drug offenders and other petty offenders being sentenced to months or years…
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Are Private Prisons a Formidable Option for States with Strapped Budgets?

Recently, for-profit and private prisons have been utilized by state governments to cut down on costs. These are just like state penitentiaries, but are privately owned and operated and contracted by the government. Private prisons were once prominent in the United States in the 1800’s, when they were contracted to hold prisoners after the American Revolution. Once the state governments gained infrastructure, the states phased them out. The famous San Quentin prison was a former private prison that was transitioned to a public institution. Recently with state budget cuts, more and more private prisons are popping up. Many of these prisons are located in Louisiana. According to Nola.com, Louisiana is the most imprisoned state in the WORLD, with an incarceration rate triple that of Iran’s, seven times greater than China and 10 time greater than Germany. Law enforcement agencies are supplemented with income from the private prisons, which make money…
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Video of New York Police Abusing Authority Surfaces

A disturbing video has surfaced of the arrest of 19-year-old Jateik Reed in New York City from last January. Police claimed to see Reed holding a bag of marijuana and a bag of crack and proceeded to arrest him. Police also claim that Reed assaulted them before they forcefully detained him and arrested him on possession of drug charges. A video of the arrest obtained by New York One shows quite a different story. In the video it is clear that Reed is not holding any bags. It also shows that Reed never assaulted any officers before being brutally beaten by the police. A female officer even kicks Reed while he is handcuffed and defenseless. “Even if you don’t have 20/20 vision,” said Reed’s attorney Michael Warren. “Even if you have some substantial clarity, you can see quite clear there were no bags in Jateik Reed’s hands.” The charges against…
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