The guilty pleas were the result of Ciavarella and Conahan accepting $2.6 million dollars in payouts by PA Child Care, LLC and a sister-company. These companies owned and operated juvenile detention centers to which Judge Ciavarella is accused of sending many juveniles. many of those juveniles were sentenced without a fair hearing or without an attorney present. Judge Conahan is accused of shuttering Luzerne County’s juvenile detention center in favor of the center run by PA Child Care.
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