Judicial kickback scheme | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Judicial kickback scheme

Posted By on Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 6:57 AM

Here's a detailed account of the extraordinarily corrupt Pennsylvania judges who took kickbacks to send juveniles to a private detention facility.

The article touches on the fact -- relevant to Arkansas -- that there's often a lack of oversight in juvenile proceedings nationwide. Undue influence can lead to placements that aren't warranted in institutions with sufficient clout to be beyond the reach of oversight. Kids are sometimes also at the whim of judges who, if not corrupt, operate outside the law on account of poor judgment and other motivation (religious inspiration in one notable local case).

In the end, thanks to availability of government reimbursement, many places, including Arkansas, commit far too many children to residential treatment they don't need at too great a cost to taxpayers. It may not always be a crime, as it was in Pennsylvania, but it needs study. Gov. Mike Beebe has talked about this, but it appears another legislative session will pass without advancement of a mental health reform agenda.


Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • The Gun Sense open line

    Here's the open line, including a KARK report on the accidental shooting death last night of a five-year-old at home with older siblings in Southwestern Little Rock.
    • Sep 23, 2018
  • Is the legislature 'routinely corrupt'? A few dozen examples say yes.

    Is the Arkansas legislature routinely corrupt? In the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today, one  legislator wrote in the op-ed section that it is not while Michael Wickline reported a powerful argument in favor on page one. And I list a lot more.
    • Sep 23, 2018
  • Saturday's open line includes Kavanaugh news and a stunning political ad

    Here's the open line. For entertainment, if you have one minute, watch this political ad against  Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona. Wait for it.   In other news: It appears the hearing is on for Christine Blasey Ford to talk about Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault of her when she was 15 and he was an older high school student.
    • Sep 22, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • Use of solar on the rise in Arkansas

    With a pivotal ruling expected any day now from the Public Service Commission, Kyle Massey at Arkansas Business reports on the increase in Arkansans adding solar generation units on their homes and business.
    • Apr 13, 2018
  • Free Zinn book for Arkansas teachers

    Arkansas teachers! Get your free Howard Zinn book here! Whether Kim Hendren likes it or not.
    • Mar 3, 2017


Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation