Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kids for Cash (2014)

Director: Robert May. 102 min. Rated PG-13. Documentary.

"All 193 UN member countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, except Somalia, South Sudan, and the United States." And so starts a shocking story, on how after the terror of the Columbine massacre, a single Pennsylvania county judge incarcerated thousands of kids in the 1990s and 2000s on minor offenses, how he was prosecuted for receiving a "finder's fee" for jailing the kids, and how the court proceedings ended. Communities played into the fear, and parents were coerced into destroying their own children's lives. It'll make you rethink the boundaries you set for your own kids.

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