Juvenile detention companies settle civil lawsuit
The settlement involving claims by thousands of juveniles against PA Child Care, Western PA Child Care, and Mid-Atlantic Youth Services Corp. was granted preliminary approval in federal court.
Two former Luzerne County judges are serving lengthy prison terms in connection with the "kids for cash" scandal. Prosecutors say children were locked away in the facilities, often for minor offenses, by judges who took illegal payments from the facilities' builder and co-owner.
The two sides will now ask U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo for final approval.
The two judges and the facilities' co-owner remain defendants in the lawsuit.