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Kids For Cash 2014

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3,000 kids. 1 judge. Millions of dollars. This riveting doc reveals the untold stories of a judicial scandal that rocked America and the chilling aftermath of the lives destroyed in the process. "Kids for Cash" reveals a shocking American secret told from the perspectives of the villains, the victims and the unsung heroes who helped uncover the scandal

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Genres Documentary
Director Robert May
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By B. G. Snyder on October 1, 2014
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It is cognitively difficult to rate something "I Love It" when you find the central characters so despicable. Nevertheless, every person with even an inkling of interest in our juvenile justice system should see this documentary. Incarceration and rehabilitation are core functions of government. This film is a perfect example of the corruption that will inevitably poison the justice system when profit opportunity is introduced into the equation, whether that profit opportunity comes in the form of a locally-run entity (as in Luzerne County) or in the form of multi-state corporations such as CCA or the Geo Group.
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This moving documentary shows with great emotional power how a corrupt juvenile court judge ad the corrections industry conspired to destroy the lives of several adolescents whose offenses hardly seemed to fit the category of criminal behavior.
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This documentary made me cry. All of the lives ruined by just a small area of corruption, by one man who believed that "zero tolerance" was the way to save kids' lives when in fact it was destroying them. The documentary focuses on the story of two judges caught in a monetary scheme, one of which is still incredibly ignorant of the extent of his wrongdoing. My heart goes out to that poor mother that lost her son; I couldn't help bawling like a child during the footage of her chastising the judge. The pain and suffering he brought onto the children he sent to this detention center was immense, and hearing their stories, and how much this damaged their life prospects, only makes me more understanding of exactly how hard a person would have to fight the justice system.

And the way they started out the film - pointing out that America, in all its ignorance, is one of only a few countries to not recognize that children need more protection and care - only makes me question all the more why this country has not all-out collapsed yet.
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Hard to imagine that is something which occurred so very recently in Pennsylvania. Kids For Cash is a movie that all parents must watch and learn from, as corruption, greed and ignorance will be with us forever! Never waive your child's right to an attorney. I am so grateful for the participation of all involved in this nightmare and I wish them well.
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This was a real education for me and how people with power abuse it. There were so many things that made me irritated, mad, sad and upset.

First, was how children were punished. Don't get me wrong, I believe if a child does something wrong, there should be consequences, but to put a 12 year old in juvie for (i think it was) 3 years for buying a stolen bike of some sort is a little excessive. These are children who have made mistakes, and by "locking" them up for a long stretch of time has a tendency to make them turn to bad behavior.

I was thoroughly disgusted in their "living" conditions. They have to EARN a pillow?? Really? Cockroaches scurrying around and toilets that were so dirty the dump looked cleaner than they did.

It also made me sick to my stomach when the judge started crying before he was sentenced saying his grandchildren would never know their grandpa other than behind bars. How many lives of children did he ruin? And he has the gall to cry about missing out on his grandchildren?

I do not necessarily agree that he was trying to make money off of putting these children away, but not claiming the money on his taxes and hiding it did not look good for him. It was the sentencing that mad me so sad for all of those children.

If you sentence 3000 children and roughly 2500 of the sentences are overturned and records are expunged, you know someone was truly abusing their power.
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Outstanding documentary with no reenactments-just the pure facts and journey of children victimized by 2 Juvenile Court Justice's in Pennsylvania. I recall reading the newspaper reports when the judges were reported to have accepted financial arrangements commensurate with the number of juveniles they placed into a privately run detention center. You'll meet the then students, their parents and the actual 2 judges who agreed to appear in this documentary even though it might have negative implications for them both in the court system. They felt they were innocent and only performing the duties of their job and their zero-tolerance policies in the school system. The elected judges and the audience will not know of any outcome until the end of the film. Parents were asked to sign a form that would state they requested no legal representation when their child would be adjudicated by either of the 2 judges. They were told the children didn't need legal counsel and that the process would likely go faster. What they didn't know is that greater than 50 percent of children in the juvenile justice system in that part of Pennsylvania requested no legal representation for their children. It would have been easy, even for those who could not afford an attorney, to obtain legal counsel from the strong and able assets at the public defenders office. Most of these parents and children said their court case was heard and sentenced placed often within minutes. I;m sure that by now you're already hearing red alarms in the back of your mind, the red alarms we should all listen to-as these ordinary Americans later learned. Respectfully Submitted, Peter Cannice reviewsbypeter@gmail.com
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