MSNBC reports about a criminal case in Pennsylvania involving two judges who allegedly accepted over 2.6 million dollars in kickbacks for sentencing minors to dentention/correctional facilities, including a girl who’s crime was creating a parody of her vice principal.
My God. If drawing caricatures of your high school’s authority figures was punishable by jailtime, I’d be in permanent solitary confinement right next to Hannibal Lecter in some dungeon somewhere.
The young lady in the story and video created a parody MySpace page that lampooned her high school’s vice principal. For that she got sentenced to a work camp for several weeks. She is only one of hundreds of kids that these two Pennsylvania judges sentenced to time at two different privately run youth detention centers. Many of these kids apparently were not represented by a lawyer nor told they had the right to one. Their “hearings” often lasted only a minute or two.¬¨‚Ä† They were then sent to the youth prisons for minor offenses like “stealing loose change from cars, writing a prank note and possessing drug paraphernalia” and… caricaturing their vice principal. According to the article many of these kids had no prior records or had ever been in trouble before.
All kidding about “getting sent up the river for drawing a caricature” aside, if this doesn’t make you sick to your stomach you are not human. Imagine being a young kid who did something harmless but stupid and found yourself locked up with possibly some real bad apples just so some dirtbag judge could line his pockets.
Hopefully they send these guys to a real prison, tell the other prisoners they were judges who sentenced people to do time in exchange for money, and then wish them a nice day.
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929 New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550
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