Some stories are almost too horrifying to be true. One such story is reported in this week's Economist. Two US judges have been found guilty of sending children to a privately run prison in order to receive kickbacks from the company running the prison.
The crime was discovered when one of the two judges sentenced a 15 year old girl to three months in prison, because she had created a fake MySpace page ridiculing the assistant principal at her school, despite the fact she did not have access to a lawyer, something that the constitution guarantees.
This is a story that is almost Dickensian in its disregard of humanity in the pursuit of money. The two judges are going to jail, but there is a chance the prison companies (the people paying the kickbacks) will get off scot-free.