Contra Costa County will give refunds to hundreds of families who were unlawfully charged fees while their children were held in juvenile hall.
Over the past year, the county’s probation department has reviewed 8,157 accounts going back to 2010 and found that 520 families were charged fees for the costs of detaining their kids in juvenile hall, even though the child was never found guilty in juvenile court.
Supervisor John Gioia said refunding these fees, which amount to about $160,000, is about “removing a burden on families and instead supporting them to be successful."
“The greater community benefit is correcting a wrong that should never have occurred and acknowledging that we want to right that wrong,” Gioia said Wednesday.
The refunds were approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors, which promised to look into whether refunds should also be made covering the period from 1991 through 2009.