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Kids for Cash (2013)

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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 »


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

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


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Release Date:

1 August 2015 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Zero Tolerance See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,639, 7 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$91,512, 28 February 2014
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Production Co:

SenArt Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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"The US incarcerates nearly 5 times more children than any other nation in the world." See more »

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The Evil That is Destroying What's Left of the American Justice System
8 September 2015 | by zippyflynn2See all my reviews

Take a good look at this film and be prepared to be shocked and angry. Very shocked and very angry, that is, if you believe in decency and justice. It's an intimate look at two judges who took bribes to send children to jail, often for non-existent crimes or for petty, relatively insignificant things kids do because they're kids. Some of these children committed suicide, the rest all had their lives ruined. And the sick punchline? The crooked judges don't see what they did as wrong but rather just "administrative decisions". Sure, the judges went to jail but I'm sure they just see that as an "administrative decision" as well. Look at them closely. They're faces of the banality of evil. Much like the Nazis operating the death camps during WWII, they justify their actions as merely methods of the time. One of the criminals portrayed, the pompously righteous Judge Ciavarella pretended to be a "law and order" judge when in fact he was a greedy sociopath, not much different than the death camp dentists who ripped the gold teeth from Jews for joyful profit.

But whatever you do, don't see this as an isolated incident that has been taken care of. It still exists today. Most Americans are oblivious to the Prisons for Profit system, the same system that was giving huge kickbacks to these judges to incarcerate children for greed. The real sick thing about this documentary? The Prisons for Profit not only still exist, they're bigger than ever. And the terrible punchline to this story? You likely won't ever hear about judges being arrested for getting kickbacks for sentencing children to jail anymore. Now they can legally own stock and have other financial interests in this Prisons for Profit system that is flourishing. The same prisons they sentence "offenders" to serve long, profitable sentences. The fastest growth industry in the last 30 years in America. And most Americans are still oblivious to it. Your legal system has been sold, America and the blood, sweat, tears, and lives of your children and others who shouldn't be jailed will continue to line the pockets of evil people like these two judges who only saw children as a way to make money, caring not for their ruined - and ended - lives.

Watch this and get angry, very angry. And start talking about the evil that is destroying what used to be a somewhat fair legal system. That is, if you care at all about justice and decency. And your country. And your fellow men, women and children.

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