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Pennsylvania Jailing Kids for Cash

Why Won't the US Ratify the UN's Children's Rights Convention?

Joe Lauria | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Joe Lauria

November 20 was the 25th anniversary of the adoption by the U.N. General Assembly of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It may come as a shock to many Americans to learn that the three rogue nations in the world that have refused to ratify this no-brainer convention are Somalia, South Sudan and the United States.

How Exceptional Massachusetts Lawmakers Embody the Spirit of Foster Care Awareness Month

Anne Stevenson | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Anne Stevenson

Instead of trying to mitigate any liability Massachusetts may face for botching the Pelletier case, the Governor and the State's child protection agencies should seize the opportunity to correct their mistake. Their failure to do so is making us all look bad.

Graft Was the Least of Their Crimes: Review of Kids for Cash

Dan Persons | Posted 04.30.2014 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Kids for Cash neatly balances the specific details of this one scandal against the broader dilemma the nation has yet to fully confront.

Super PAC Ad Says Texas Senate Candidate Contributed To Teen's Suicide

Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

In a devastating new ad, a super PAC allied with GOP Senate candidate David Dewhurst accuses his primary opponent, Ted Cruz, of helping contribute to ...

Jailing Americans for Profit: The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.10.2012 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

No matter what the politicians or corporate heads might say, prison privatization is neither fiscally responsible nor in keeping with principles of justice. It simply encourages incarceration for the sake of profits.

Lock 'em Up -- Jailing Kids is a Proud American Tradition

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

My question is, what have the Luzerne County judges done in the "kids for cash" scandal that deviates in the least from our American political traditions?

Kids for Cash

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

A number of bad ideas and virulent trends in American life converge, it seems to me, in the unfolding scandal in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., known as "kids for cash."

'Jailing Kids For Cash': Judges' Scandal Rocks Pennsylvania

CNN | Stephanie Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

At a friend's sleepover more than a year ago, 14-year-old Phillip Swartley pocketed change from unlocked vehicles in the neighborhood to buy chips and...