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Report Finds Families Locked in Debt by California's Juvenile Justice Fees

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An exterior view of Contra Costa Superior Court. (Photo: Fareed Rahman/Richmond Confidential)

A report released Monday by UC Berkeley’s Policy Advocacy Clinic finds that administrative fees charged to families with youth enmeshed in California’s juvenile justice system are costly, harmful and unlawful. What’s more, the report concludes, these fees undermine the juvenile system’s rehabilitation efforts. We’ll hear about the three-year investigation and the counties that have already stopped charging fees because of it.

Read the Report:

Making Families Pay: The Harmful, Unlawful, and Costly Practice of Charging Juvenile Administrative Fees in California


Stephanie Campos-Bui, clinical supervising attorney at the Policy Advocacy Clinic, UCBerkeley School of Law: author, "Making Families Pay" report

Michael Rizo, entered the juvenile justice system at the age of 11


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