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The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System

by Jessica Feierman Associate Director, Juvenile Law Center Approximately one million youth appear in juvenile court each year. In every state, youth and families face juvenile justice costs, fees, fines, or restitution. Youth who can’t afford to pay for their freedom often face serious consequences, including incarceration, extended probation, or denial of treatment—they are unfairlyRead More


Stop Prosecuting Children as Adults

By Luisa Taveras, Open Society Foundations March 26, 2015 It has been difficult to watch the video of the March 9 fight at the Brooklyn McDonald’s that led to the arrest of 16-year-old Aniah Ferguson and several other teenage girls. But even more difficult than watching the fight itself—which was disturbing for many reasons—was the reportingRead More

Diane Sierpina

When It Comes to Youth Justice, a Look Abroad Could Teach Us Lessons

It’s tough for many Americans to even consider that there are people living elsewhere in the world who are better at doing something than we are. But when it comes to handling young people in trouble with the law, the countries with whom we most often compare ourselves have figured out how to do justRead More