Kansas fees on juvenile offenders would widen an unfair gulf

JESSICA FEIERMAN AND ALEX R. PIQUERO, The Kansas City Star •

"In Arkansas, a 13-year-old was incarcerated for three months in a juvenile correctional facility, placed in solitary confinement and forced to miss even more school because he and his family couldn’t afford to pay a $500 truancy fine. The fine was discretionary, but the judge still imposed it. In Florida, a high school honor roll student was stuck on probation for an extra year because he couldn’t afford his court costs. In California, a mother who had been laid off from her job pawned her jewelry and rented out half her family home to pay off juvenile justice court costs. Across the country, youth and families are suffering because of juvenile court costs."

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