The Senate is tackling issues surrounding youth across the country who are not able to escape the juvenile criminal justice system due to excessive administrative fees and fines, according to Buzz Feed News.
Jurisdictions throughout the country allow courts to charge youth with administrative fees, public defender fees, probation supervision fees, fines, and other charges, which continues to trap them in the criminal system if they can’t afford to pay. Unfortunately, many of the youth trapped in the criminal system are still on probation after several years if they cannot pay their fees and fines.
This led to the Senate considering the End Debtor’s Prison for Kids Act that was introduced by California Rep. Tony Cardenas to authorize up to $500 million in annual federal funds to end juvenile justice fees. It is uncertain at this time on whether the bill will pass or not.