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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

“Kids for Cash” and juvenile justice reform


Juvenile justice reform in the wake of “Kids for Cash”
 Guests: Marsha Levick, Bob Casey, Lauren Fine 
“No other news story highlighted the problems in juvenile justice more than Pennsylvania’s own “Kids for Cash” scandal. This was the kickback scheme in which Luzerne County judges received illegal payments for sending young offenders to for-profit facilities. Last week, a federal judge ordered one of the prominent figures of the scandal to pay almost $5 million to the victims of the infamous scheme in an attempt to finalize the matter. Today, we’ll talk about the settlement, the long shadow of Kids for Cash, and what other reforms are needed to create a more sustainable and responsible juvenile justice system. We’ll be joined by MARSHA LEVICK, deputy director of the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, the non-profit that brought the Kids for Cash scandal to light. And, we’ll hear about the ways in which juveniles are funneled into the adult court system from LAUREN FINE, co-director of the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project. We’ll also be joined by Pennsylvania Senator BOB CASEY, who will tell us about the bipartisan legislation that he has introduced that would lighten some of the sentencing for juveniles."

“Kids for Cash” is a gripping, emotional and extraordinary documentary film. Watch it:

 Kids for Cash DVD / streaming video AMAZON.COM

Thursday, September 18, 2014 
Casey Introduces Legislation to Reform Juvenile Justice System, Eliminate Loophole That Leads to Incarceration of Youth for Status Offenses Like Truancy 
Following Forum On Juvenile Justice System, Casey Unveils Legislation to Limit Rule that Permits States to Place Youth Status Offenders in Detention Facilities / Earlier This Year, Casey Held Viewing of Kids for Cash Documentary and Revealed Plans to Introduce Reform Bill / As Bipartisan Consensus for Reform Emerges Casey Bill Would Seek Appropriate Steps to Limit So-Called ‘School to Prison Pipeline’

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