Juvenile Court Judge Allegedly Sentenced Youths to Juvenile Corrections Facilities Selected for Personal Gain

A former juvenile court judge in Pennsylvania retired in disgrace about two years ago.

Part of his job was sentencing youth offenders.

There are many reasons to favor one juvenile correctional facility over another with respect to any particular juvenile offender’s circumstances and needs.

Keep in mind that juvenile courts’ objectives generally include treatment and rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents, rather than mere punishment.

This particular judge allegedly chose correctional facilities for sentencing based on his own personal financial gain, not the juvenile offenders’ circumstances and needs.

And, as a result, this particular judge was recently convicted of twelve separate counts of racketeering and conspiracy … for extorting up to millions of dollars from the developer and owner of certain juvenile correctional facilities to which he sentenced juveniles in his court.

Read more in this New York Times article: Pennsylvania: Mixed Verdict for Disgraced Judge