A significant number of young offenders return to their life of crime after being released to pay for their court and probation costs. According to the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, many of these juvenile offenders and their families come from low-income, minority communities.
If juveniles can’t pay their fines and fees, the debt will come out of their parent’s paycheck. To help juveniles and families involved in the court, the the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges approved a resolution that aims to absolve young defendants of fines, fees and court costs.
Learn more on The Crime Report.