Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | Categories: Features
Robert Mericle in Scranton, Pa., after being sentenced to a year in prison. (AP Photo/Scranton Times-Tribune, Michael J. Mullen)
The last major figure in Pennsylvania's "Kids for Cash" scandal has been sentenced. The scandal involved judges receiving kickbacks in exchange for sending children to for-profit, private juvenile detention centres. Thousands of children were caught in the scandal. But luckily, their situation was brought to the attention of Pennsylvania's Juvenile Law Center.
On Friday, a juvenile facility developer, builder Robert Mericle, was sentenced for his role in the affair. He received a year in prison. The two judges involved -- Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan-- have already received lengthy sentences.
"I was livid and I wasn't a bad kid and part of me knew that... I very quickly realized that people believed in me. Juvenile Law Center was so supportive, they had such an amazing impact on my life, and they turned me into a survivor instead of a victim," Hillary Transue tells Carol.
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