Kids for Cash Two Judges, Thousands of Children, and a $2. 8 Million Kickback Scheme

ISBN-10: 1620970406
ISBN-13: 9781620970409
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Description: From the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philadelphia Inquirer reporter William Ecenbarger comes an exposé of a shocking scandal that ruined thousands of young lives, in paperback for the first time. As the Boston Globe wrote, "The story is incredible:  More...

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List price: $17.95
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 9/2/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philadelphia Inquirer reporter William Ecenbarger comes an exposé of a shocking scandal that ruined thousands of young lives, in paperback for the first time. As the Boston Globe wrote, "The story is incredible: Thousands of children wrongfully sentenced to juvenile detention centers, many without legal representation and after cursory hearings, by two rogue judges in northern Pennsylvania who received millions of dollars in bribes from the private institutions' owners." The story has all the elements of true-crime legal thrillers--mafia connections, colorful characters, corruption. The Philadelphia Review of Books called the story "harrowing," the Library Journal called it "shocking," and the Pittsburgh Tribune called it "heartbreaking."When it was first released, Kids for Cash brought the story to national attention, where it has stayed ever since. As the Philadelphia Inquirer pointed out, this is the "worst stain on Pennsylvania, a state with more than its share of stains. . . . Bill Ecenbarger offers a detail-packed, sickening account of the scandal and its impact. Anyone caring about courts, justice or children should read it."

He has been a staff writer for Reader's Digest for nearly twenty years. He was part of a team that received the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 in the Breaking News category for reports on the Three Mile Island incident. He lives in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

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