- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A former Pennsylvania judge serving nearly three decades in prison for his role in a scandal that became known as “kids for cash” has been transferred from a prison in South Carolina to one in Atlanta.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice reports (https://bit.ly/1SVzHaZ ) that records show former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. has been transferred to the United States Penitentiary Atlanta. The medium-security prison has a minimum-security satellite camp and a detention center.

Prosecutors have said Ciavarella ordered youths to detention for various relatively minor infractions to help fill beds at two for-profit juvenile detention centers. In return, Ciavarella and a fellow judge allegedly accepted kickbacks.

Ciavarella was convicted in February 2011.

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Information from: The Citizens’ Voice, https://www.citizensvoice.com

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