Kids for cash — a new movie

There is a bottom line that we all need to learn from this movie Kids for CASH

NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY, NEVER TRUST THE POLICE OR A COURT OFFICER AND DO NOT SPEAK TO EITHER WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY!

From the Democracy Now lead in to the interview in the link above:

oday a special on “kids for cash,” the shocking story of how thousands of children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two corrupt judges who received $2.6 million in kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities. We hear from two of the youth: Charlie Balasavage was sent to juvenile detention after his parents unknowingly bought him a stolen scooter; Hillary Transue was detained for creating a MySpace page mocking her assistant high school principal. They were both 14 years old and were sentenced by the same judge, Judge Mark Ciavarella, who is now in jail himself – serving a 28-year sentence. Balasavage and Transue are featured in the new documentary, “Kids for Cash,” by filmmaker Robert May, who also joins us. In addition, we speak to two mothers: Sandy Fonzo, whose son Ed Kenzakoski committed suicide after being imprisoned for years by Judge Ciavarella, and Hillary’s mother, Laurene Transue. Putting their stories into context of the larger scandal is attorney Robert Schwartz, executive director of the Juvenile Law Center. The story is still developing: In October, the private juvenile-detention companies in the scandal settled a civil lawsuit for $2.5 million.

A whole lot of adults were involved in what reads like a third world scheme to enrich a few — The cops, the prosecutors, the schools, the jails — every single person employed by the private prisons system, all the adults were out to “get” the kids and their families. Children’s lives were ruined.

Part of the documentary process was to look at both sides — the judges who were paid for putting children in jail. The convicted judges blame the “no tolerance” police of the politicians, both local and on the National level. Children were made to pay for the stupidity of adults.

There just is no excuse for what was done to these children. I watched schools in several states being turned into virtual prisons — and kids were treated as convicts and potential criminals. Schools started looking like prisons. Even today when we are on a road trip we often argue whether the windowless, fenced with barbed wire institutions are schools or jails. Sometimes we guess schools and the drab cluster of buildings happens to be a county jail — at other time the sign posts for the team mascots give us a clue. It seems like the goal is the train children to be submissive, passive servants.

Today children in several states are jailed for pranks and silliness that pail in comparison to what some of my age peers claim to have done in high school. I refuse to believe that kids today are worse than earlier generations. However, bullying via social networks does seem to be far worse than 15 or 20 years ago. But bullying children to commit suicide isn’t new — I am aware of cases in the distant past. Most often these suicides involved gay kids being outed or shamed.  The institutionalization of bullying — happening with the knowledge of adults — there are far too many stories of adult approving or ignoring bullying that is so extreme that no adult can claim to be unaware and innocent of aiding the bullies.

The cops who convinced the children and their parents not to ask for lawyer — how are these creeps not accountable for bullying? This is what America has become — the cops lied, the prosecutors lied. Who was looking out for the children?

NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY, NEVER TRUST THE POLICE OR A COURT OFFICER AND DO NOT SPEAK TO EITHER WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY!

 

 

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