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The Washington Post, Victim restitution payments for childhood crimes often linger into adulthood, analysis finds

News / NCJFCJ News / The Washington Post, Victim restitution payments for childhood crimes often linger into adulthood, analysis finds

Across the nation, juveniles who commit crimes are routinely ordered to pay their victims restitution for damaged property, lost wages and medical bills. Many of them are unable to pay and find themselves homeless and in debt as adults.

According to a Marshall Project review of five years of cases in 10 states, just a half-dozen states cap these payments, which often reach into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Follow the stories of young people in this situation and learn more about these payments on The Washington Post.