In a press release, the Pennsylvania Green Party takes on a relevant local issue:
White-hot outrage cannot adequately describe Green reaction to revelations
of children unjustly sent to PA juvenile detention centers on the orders of
corrupt local judges.
Two Pennsylvania judges have pleaded guilty to earning millions by
wrongfully sending teenagers to privately-run youth detention centers.
Prosecutors say Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan
took $2.6 million in payoffs to place juvenile offenders in a situation in
which personal greed fed by corporate excess turned people into profit.
“This calls to the very question of the value of the civil rights of the
individual children wrongfully removed from their homes to appease the
‘predatory capitalism’ conducted by Pennsylvania Child Care, LLC” said
Hillary Kane, Chair of the Green Party of Pennsylvania. “When I think of the
long-term impact unwarranted juvenile detention will have on those children
and their families, it really makes me angry.”
“The concept of removing the responsibility and oversight of public
governing to private corporations has been one of increasing belief that
market forces, which worship profit over people, could deliver services more
efficiently and at a lower cost to taxpayers,” said Blyden Potts, Secretary
of the Green Party of Pennsylvania. “What you wind up with is this type of
abuse that would not occur under a properly-led public administration that
respects its citizens.”
The Green Party of Pennsylvania believes local municipal and township
governments have the right and duty to refuse the contracting of some state
activities. We call for local governments to enact ordinance prohibitions
against the private management of public responsibilities, specifically,
juvenile detention centers in their locale.
Social Justice remains a key pillar of Green political beliefs. This scandal
has shaken Pennsylvanian parents and families to the core. We grieve for the
suffering of the parents and young people wrongful abused. Greens call for
not only full financial and judicial redress for the innocent people
involved, but for a full investigation of the political environment that
allowed for the many years of corruption and abuse by the two judges, and
those private business interests complicit in this scandal.
Said Carl Romanelli of Luzerne County; “Sadly, Greens have been at odds with
these judges here in Luzerne County for years. It makes one wonder where
the peer review has been. Further, the appeals system in Pennsylvania
simply rubber stamps the corrupt decisions of criminal judges. We must
break the cycle of judges protecting themselves, and their exclusive club,
rather than protecting the rights of Pennsylvanians. You need look no
deeper than my case with the state court to see this ugly dynamic at play,”
said Romanelli referring to his ongoing ballot access court case.