The #DebtFreeJustice campaign fights to end juvenile fines and fees nationally.
Millions of people in our criminal justice system are charged fines and fees. The consequences of such debt are particularly devastating to youth in the juvenile system. Youth who cannot pay the fees may face incarceration, extended probation terms, and high debt, pushing them deeper into the juvenile system and poverty. Evidence also suggests that fees increase recidivism, further undermining the rehabilitative purpose of the juvenile system.