The Hidden, Human Costs of Justice

November 22, 2019 | by Leslie Paik and Jessica Feierman | Juvenile Law Center

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The fines and fees charged to people involved in the criminal justice system are receiving more attention as the public learns about the financial burden placed on many who have no income or already face difficult financial situations. A new study from Wisconsin shows that similar fees in the juvenile justice system can significantly affect families in negative ways, straining family relationships at the same time they need support from one another. A recent blog post from the Juvenile Law Center summarizes the study’s results.