This is the first of three episodes on youtube.com that you can view in sequence.
The corrupt judge behind this scandal is named Mark Aurthur Ciavarella, Jr. He received a 28-year sentence in federal prison and is now doing time at the Federal Correctional Institution, Williamsburg in Salters, South Carolina. In this report, Goodman engages the voices of youth and parents left with shattered lives and indelible scars in the aftermath of this injustice. Also see the Wikipedia article by its same title, "Kids for Cash Scandal."
It is important to bring these scandals to light so that parents and the public, in general, can not only grasp the powerful, for-profit interests that influence the adjudication of crime—with this as an extreme case (the very same interests that drive undocumented immigrant detention), but also so that they can act more wisely and intelligently on their children's behalf. Children and parents do have rights to an attorney and an appeal whenever appearing before a judge; and they should never be so trusting. I did a quick search and here is one site that provides a checklist of rights in the event that you or your son/daughter gets arrested.