Photo: Kids for Cash panel
On April 22, the Office of the Ohio Public Defender hosted a screening of the documentary Kids for Cash in Columbus, Ohio. Kids for Cash tells the story of two Pennsylvania judges who were receiving judicial kickbacks in return for imposing harsh sentences on juveniles in order to increase the number of inmates at for profit juvenile detention centers. The film also explores a number of topics relevant to all juvenile justice systems including waiver of counsel, zero-tolerance policies, the trauma experienced by children and parents, and the overuse of incarceration.
After the screening Schubert Center Policy Director, Gabriella Celeste, participated in a panel discussion. The panel also included the filmmaker, Robert May, and Marsha Levick, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia.