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A Congressman from California has proposed a bill that would end the practice of collecting fines and fees from families whose children are in detention centers.
Democratic Representative Tony Cárdenas introduced the Ending Debtor’s Prison for Kids Act on Friday, April 12, which will end the practice of billing families for administrative fees incurred by children who are involved in the juvenile justice system.
“Right now, across this country, young people are being held in detention centers not for crimes they committed at home or in school, but because they can’t afford the legal fees of our justice system,” Cárdenas said in a statement.
A 2016 report from the Juvenile Law Center (JLC) about debtor’s prison for kids found that one million youth who appear in juvenile court each year have to pay juvenile justice fees, costs, fines, or restitution. Those minors who cannot afford to…
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