Kids for Cash
Justin Chapin interviews Robert May, director and producer of the recent non-fiction film “KIDS FOR CASH”. The film is about the scandal involving Pennsylvania judges Mark Ciaverella and Michael Conahan, the private prison system and 3,000 children. May opens up about his personal views and the message that he's trying to deliver. The prison pipeline also involves children, the issue is systemic. Why is this happening and what can we do about it?
About the film: “KIDS FOR CASH” is a riveting look behind the notorious scandal that rocked the nation when it first came to light in 2009. Beginning in the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a small town in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania elected a charismatic judge who was hell-bent on keeping kids in line. Under his reign, over 3,000 children were ripped from their families and imprisoned for years for crimes as petty as creating a fake MySpace page. When one parent dared to question this harsh brand of justice, it was revealed that the judge had received millions of dollars in payments from the privately-owned juvenile detention centers where the kids—most of them only in their early teens—were incarcerated.