Opinion: State counties must relieve youths, families of juvenile fees

Stephanie Campos-Bui and Jeffrey Selbin writes an Op-Ed for the DailyCal, November 30, 2018

Under state law, juvenile fees were supposed to help protect the fiscal integrity of counties. According to groundbreaking research conducted by the UC Berkeley School of Law and students from the Public Policy Clinic, the fees harmed youth and families, were often collected unlawfully and generated little net revenue for counties. Because youth of color are disproportionately arrested, detained and punished in the juvenile system, the fees were especially burdensome for families of color.