Thursday, June 19, 2014
Anna Kastner , Samantha Reed and Jeffrey Selbin have posted Financial Costs for Youth and Their Families in the Alameda County Juvenile Justice System: A Guide for Advocates on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This manual was prepared by law school clinic students for lay advocates assisting youth and their families in Alameda County's juvenile justice system. In addition to court-ordered restitution (to repay victims for economic loss) and restitution fines (which go to the California State Restitution Fund), youth and their families are assessed fees for things like juvenile hall, probation supervision, drug testing, GPS monitoring and public defenders. The manual describes theses costs and how to mitigate their impact on low-income youth and families already struggling with the burdens of court involvement and poverty.