State Counties Must Relieve Youths, Families of Juvenile Fees

Stephanie Campos-Bui and Jeffrey Selbin, The Daily Californian •

A report by Juvenile Law Center found that most states charge one or more fees to system-involved youth and their families. But the federal government has a fairly limited role when it comes to juvenile justice. Beyond the bully pulpit, the DOJ controls some funding and related enforcement mechanisms, but almost all youth experience the legal system at the local level, subject to state and county laws, policies and practices.