Custody for Cash: Shred ALL

On May 14  at 9:10 a.m. the Independent Gazette received an anonymous tip. The tip included a digital photo clearly depicting a cardboard box labeled with the handwritten words “Fiscal Adoption Files.” This box sat atop a garbage bin loaded onto a shredding truck just outside the Family Court annex on Spruce Street in downtown Scranton. So began the quest to discover who ordered the shredding, and whether it was actually time to dispose of these particular files.

A representative from Shred-All, a Moscow-based mobile shredding company, confirmed a contract with Lackawanna County; however, when Lackawanna County Children and Youth (CYS) employees were questioned regarding these files, their only response was to defer to Janine Pavalone, CYS solicitor.

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