Kids For Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious judicial scandal that rocked the nation. Beyond the millions paid and high stakes corruption, Kids For Cash exposes a shocking American... See full summary »


Robert May


Robert May





Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Balasavage Charlie Balasavage ... Self
Joanne Balasavage Joanne Balasavage ... Self - Charlie Balasavage's Mother
Justin Bodnar Justin Bodnar ... Self
Lisa Griffiths Lisa Griffiths ... Self - Justin Bodnar's Mother
Sandy Fonzo Sandy Fonzo ... Self - Edward Kenzakoski's Mother
Amanda Lorah Amanda Lorah ... Self
Terry Lorah Terry Lorah ... Self - Amanda Lorah's Father
Terrie Morgan-Besecker Terrie Morgan-Besecker ... Self - Journalist, The Times Leader
Hillary Transue Hillary Transue ... Self
Laurene Transue Laurene Transue ... Self - Hillary Transue's Mother
Marsha Levick Marsha Levick ... Self - Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of Juvenile Law Center
Robert G. Schwartz Robert G. Schwartz ... Self - Executive Director, Juvenile Law Center (as Bob Schwartz)
Mark Arthur Ciavarella Mark Arthur Ciavarella ... Self - Convicted Former Judge (as Mark Ciavarella)
Michael Conahan Michael Conahan ... Self - Convicted Former Judge
Steve Corbett Steve Corbett ... Self - Radio Host, WILK-FM


Kids For Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious judicial scandal that rocked the nation. Beyond the millions paid and high stakes corruption, Kids For Cash exposes a shocking American secret. In the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a small town celebrates a charismatic judge who is hell-bent on keeping kids in line...until one parent dares to question the motives behind his brand of justice. This real life thriller reveals the untold stories of the masterminds at the center of the scandal and the chilling aftermath of lives destroyed in the process - a stunning emotional roller coaster. Written by Kids for Cash

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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Could have been an 8 or 9
8 March 2016 | by mhendroffSee all my reviews

having just watched this doc i am left feeling that it could have been more complete.

As others have pointed out - no mention of the Prison/Detention Centre for profit angle, which caused the issue in the first place. No mention on what happened to the owner of the facility who paid them the 'finder's fee'.

I guess that would have probably dragged the running time too long, and the topic has been covered elsewhere already (most notably in my opinion in the excellent "The house i live in"). But still a couple of minutes to explain the root cause (apart from greed) would have helped.

Also - no real scientific explanation on the reason why kids should not be treated as adults to begin with. And no explanation why the USA did not sign the UN Charter?

Having said that - it tried to be a well balanced piece - but the most serious flaw to me was the failure to mention the yacht and luxury condos the 2 judges bought with the money. And how they channeled the funds through various accounts and companies so that it would be well hidden. I had to dig this bit of information up myself after viewing the doc. This would negate the small part of me that actually still had some sympathy for judge Ciavarella after his tearful passage at the end of the documentary.

He did not just 'pay some debts and provide for his kids'.

Plain greed.

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Release Date:

1 August 2015 (Germany) See more »

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Zero Tolerance See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$36,639, 9 February 2014

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Dolby Digital


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